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Join in the ABCD Winter Fund 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 11, 2020 CONTACT: Cherrelle Norris617.455.7212 Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619 Put a smile on a child’s face.Make a difference during a challenging holiday season. Join in the ABCD Winter Fund 2020 Emergency Heating AssistanceRental/Housing AssistanceToy Drive DonationsClothing/Food Drive Requests for help are out-pacing donations in this difficult time: WE NEED YOU!Call 617-348-6559 TODAY During a normal year, New England’s bitter cold…

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Toy drives in Boston spark holiday cheer during tough times

A toy drive for recently fired Boston hotel workers and their children brought a spark of holiday spirit in tough times as the call for donations also circulates across the city. Friday’s toy drive at the Marriott Copley and Revere Hotel organized by UNITE HERE Local 26 joined together struggling hotel employees who have lost work due to the pandemic, some…

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Politics with Amy Walter: How the Economic Downturn has Hurt Vulnerable Americans

In the nine months that the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the U.S., the most vulnerable Americans have struggled to keep up with monthly expenses. Eight million Americans have fallen into poverty since May, and today, there are 10 million fewer employed people than there were before the pandemic. By quickly passing the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, Congress was able to stave off…

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Fuel assistance vital to low-income households as pandemic extends into winter

As winter approaches along with the persisting pandemic, more families are staying home. This means facing potential significant hikes in household heating bills. Fueling up a tank can cost anywhere from  $200 to $500. Depending on the frequency of use, the tank may need to be refilled at least 3-4 times over the winter months. This is a significant cost,…

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LETTER: THEY HEAR THE DESPERATION IN PEOPLE’S VOICES — FEDERAL STIMULUS NEEDED NOW

Is this holiday season shaping up as a replay of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” without the redemption and joy of that story’s ending? It looks that way from David Abel’s pre-Thanksgiving story of food pantries across Massachusetts (“ ‘I’ve never seen anything like this kind of need,’ ” Page A1, Nov. 25). We at Action for Boston Community Development are…

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OPINION: Fed dollars are needed right now to blunt pandemic crisis fallout

This holiday season is punctuated by unrelenting need – a need sparked by pandemic-induced job loss in neighborhoods already afflicted by poverty, health and economic disparities, and racial inequity. Children, families and seniors in Dorchester and other city neighborhoods can’t wait any longer for the federal government to pass virus relief funding that will keep food on their tables and…

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Food aid centers face high demand

Lines at food pantries and soup kitchens normally grow around this time of year, but the pandemic has doubled them, aid workers say. With an unprecedented amount of need, relief centers are pooling their resources to make sure everyone is fed, though it may not be enough. ICNA Relief, a Muslim charity in Roxbury, has started a delivery service for…

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Thanksgiving Turkeys And Meals Bring Cheer To The ABCD North End/West End NSC

Thanksgiving looks different for everyone in 2020, and the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) is no exception! The center missed having its annual turkey feast with all the trimmings, including visits from elected officials wanting to visit with and give gifts to their constituents. However, it still strove to provide a special holiday experience for all…

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APAC/ABCD Kick-Off Annual Fuel Assistance Program

With temperatures in East Boston expected to dip into the 20s at night this week, and not exceed 50 degrees for the next few days many residents will find it hard to pay their heating bill this winter. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused even more uncertainty in the neighborhood as job loss, food insecurity and loss of income has become…

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Struggling families urged to apply for heat assistance as pandemic surges, winter approaches

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is urging senior citizens and families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to apply for home heating fuel assistance as winter approaches. Last year, the non-profit organization helped keep the heat on for 25,000 households in the Boston and Mystic Valley areas through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which the agency…

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