Crossroads is most recognized for its homeless family shelter on Havre Street, where 27 families, including more than 35 children, will stay this holiday season. Thanksgiving draws hundreds of East Boston residents to turn to Crossroads for another reason: turkey assistance. The rising cost of living and strained budgets drive people from all walks of life to sign up for help. For many, the need is especially poignant as the holidays approach and they strive to assemble a special family meal.
As the temperature climbed into the mid 50s on the beautiful sunny afternoon of Sunday November 23rd, a record 350+ East Boston families came to Crossroads. Each family received a turkey and a bag of fixings for their Thanksgiving meal. Crossroads staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to distribute these items to long lines of grateful families, and countless families opted to take a photograph in hopes their photo would be featured in the Eastie Times.
This success would not have been possible without our generous annual turkey donors: St. Mary of the Assumption Church and St. Lawrence Church in Brookline, St. Bridget Parish in Framingham, Holy Family Parish in Concord, Representative Carlo Basile, REBUILD Boston, and the Greater Boston Food Bank. We are also especially thankful for the food donations from our local East Boston businesses including Shaw’s Supermarket, Dunkin Donuts on Bennington, and Dough. On behalf of the East Boston community, and Crossroads staff and families, we would like to express our overwhelming gratitude. We are so proud of our ongoing ability to ease the stress of the holidays for these families.