New Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine became an honorary life-time member of the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston after speaking there last week.
The veteran baseball manager, known for his support of charitable causes, also helped distribute holiday gifts to 80 children during the event Thursday afternoon at the youth club on Allston Street. The boys and girls received backpacks filled with New Balance apparel courtesy of the Brighton-based shoe company.
Boston Globe Red Sox reporter Peter Abraham attended the event, and in an account on boston.com's "Extra Bases" blog, said: "I tagged along wanting to ask him a few questions about the Red Sox. But I left much more impressed with the impact he had on the kids."
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