Boston: Events, Community Resources, and Giving Back in the Holiday Season

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~ As the 2023 holiday season approaches, many individuals are beginning to grapple with the impact it can have on their mental health. From gift-giving pressures to the absence of loved ones, managing one's mental wellbeing during this time of year can be an active process. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources available in the Boston area to help ensure a safe and warm holiday season.

Boston Central's Holiday Events List is a great place to start for those looking for free and paid events celebrating the holidays in the community. For those looking to give back, Toys for Tots is a national US program devoted to toy donation and distribution to at needs families. The Massachusetts branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness also offers Family Support Groups as a resource for coping with stress and mental health challenges on the holidays. The Better Brain Foundation also provides helpful ideas for managing general stress around the holidays.

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For those in need of assistance, DisabilityInfo.org Assistance offers a list of charities and resources that may be able to provide aid. Additionally, this site shows off a list of local support services providing potential financial aid for bills in Middlesex and Suffolk counties for those that qualify. Find Your Food Pantry is another great resource through the office of food justice that helps city residents locate their nearest food pantry as well as other resources and numbers to assist families with food stability.

The Greater Boston Food Bank is another vital community resource that has been instrumental in providing vital support for families in need, especially during this time of year when donations are especially appreciated. Globe Santa is another Massachusetts charity that helps provide gifts for children in need while Operation Santa through US Postal service also supports children through donations. The Salvation Army runs its red pot charity drive each year to help provide food, shelter, and utility assistance while Rosie's Place, Pine Street Inn, Father Bill's, and Red Cross all offer ways to donate money or clothing donations for local area homeless shelters.

The EAP encourages individuals who have any questions or want further resources for the holidays to reach out so they can have the best holiday season possible.

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