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Event makes holidays happier for struggling families

ABCD’s south end neighborhood center distributes donated toys to underserved children Part of the ABCD Winter Fund campaign to help low income families in greater Boston A special room in a South End brownstone has just the toy to put a smile on the face of a child. Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, is helping Yvette, a Northeastern…

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Boston Toy Drive Expects to Exceed Goal

Despite coming close to HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN goal, toys still needed   BOSTON – ABCD — Action for Boston Community Development — expects to exceed this year’s Toy Drive goal, part of its Winter Fund holiday campaign. On Tuesday, ABCD said it was close to collecting the approximately 7,000 requested toys for underserved Boston families. This comes just over a week after WCVB…

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Massive holiday toy drive in Boston needs help

BOSTON – A massive holiday toy drive in Boston is in need of help. Boston-based ABCD says it has received 7,000 requests for toys but only about 1,000 donations so far. ABCD says almost 28,000 Boston children, or 26 percent, are living in poverty in Boston. So for families making difficult financial decisions, gifts may be out of reach. Today,…

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Holiday Help Needed: 7,000 requests for donated toys …

BOSTON —Action for Boston Community Development is reaching out to families, organizations and companies who want to put smiles on children’s faces across Boston neighborhoods and surrounding towns this holiday season. ABCD has received more than 7,000 requests for gifts for children in need and has just 1,000 toys on hand or promised by generous individuals and companies. Almost 28,000…

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ABCD Seeks Toys, Clothing Donations

Chris Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News sits down with ABCD Executive Vice President/COO Sharon Scott-Chandler to discuss the need for toys to make the holidays bright for Boston’s children in need — and what that kindness means to underserved children and families. Along with toys and games, families request warm coats, hats, gloves and boots to get through the…

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ABCD spells chance to change lives for the better

There’s a saying that is often attributed to Gandhi — that a society is best judged by how it treats the people who have the least — the homeless, jobless, working poor, immigrant communities, seniors, families and children. For more than half a century, Action for Boston Community Development — or ABCD — has taken their antipoverty mission and message…

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ABCD Adopt a Family Needs Your Help

Action for Boston Community Development is reaching out to families, organizations and companies who want to help children, families and seniors in need this holiday season by adopting a family! It’s a way for you and your loved ones or colleagues to experience the spirit of giving and truly make a difference for others. The need is huge. Right now…

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Volunteers Needed for Adopt a Family Program

A request for health this holiday season … Action for Boston Community Development, also known as ABCD, needs people to volunteer to adopt a family this year. To date, 129 families have signed up to receive gifts from generous families and organizations, but so far there are only 62 donors. ABCD works year-round to help children, families, and seniors in…

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Leslie Odom, Jr. to perform at ABCD dinner

  “Hamilton” continues performances at the Boston Opera House through mid-November —but come Oct. 26, Boston will make way for another (former) Aaron Burr. Leslie Odom, Jr., who played Hamilton’s foe in the original Broadway production, will speak and perform at “In It Together,” an annual dinner hosted by Action for Boston Community Development honoring local volunteers and community leaders …….

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BOLD TYPES: Dial-an-entertainer

When the superstar who was the main draw at your upcoming fund-raiser cancels a month before the event, it helps to have concert promoter Don Law on speed-dial. Bob Elias learned that the hard way. As director of government relations at antipoverty agency Action for Boston Community Development, Elias takes it upon himself to ensure that ABCD’s annual gala comes off without a hitch…. (Read more.)