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Charlestown organizations receive boosts from MGH Institute

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  January 2, 2013 02:29 PM

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A number of Charlestown non-profits received a boost this holiday season from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and its students, faculty and staff.

The graduate school based in the Charlestown Navy Yard donated time, money, and resources to a number of local charities and non-profits that serve the neighborhood and the city as a whole.

The organizations range from Charlestown Against Drugs and the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce to Holiday Mail for Heroes and the Salvation Army.

"I am so proud of the spirit of giving and generosity displayed by our students, staff, and faculty that these charitable gifts represent," Jan Bellack, the institute’s president said in a statement. "They are one more way the Institute supports the needs of our community neighbors and beyond."

Here is a full list of the organizations and how they were helped this holiday season:

Dennis McLaughlin House in Charlestown received $1,500 from the institute to help support homeless mothers recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and looking for work.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry in Charlestown received cereal, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables and fruits, soup, and rice from a donation drive organized by the institute’s Office of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association.

Charlestown Boys and Girls Club’s Shoes4Kids! program was sponsored by the school’s Physical Therapy Club and received nearly 50 pairs of children’s shoes.

Holiday wreaths hung by the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce on street pole lights along Main Street and Bunker Hill Street were sponsored by the Institute.

Charlestown Against Drugs received $300 from the institute for its Winter Coat Drive. The donation helped the organization purchase ten children's winter coats.

Sante Fanm Ak Lafanmi, a Boston non-profit founded by an MGH Institute School of Nursing graduate, received more than 100 toys for children in Haiti from the school’s employees.

Salvation Army of Boston received clothing and toys for 35 Boston children through the organization’s Angel Tree Program, sponsored by the MGH Institute Staff Council.

Community Servings, a Boston non-profit that delivers meals to critically ill and homebound residents, received support from the school’s staff council through the council’s purchase of 27 pies during the organization’s annual Pie in the Sky bake sale.

Holiday Mail for Heroes sends holiday cards to service members in all branches of the military who are either deployed, or have been wounded and are receiving treatment in the hospital. The school’s Office of Student Affairs organized an effort to write more than 200 cards that were delivered through the American Red Cross.

E-mail Kaiser at johanna.yourtown@gmail.com.

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