Thursday night I had the winning ticket. A couple of cans of tuna and some canned vegetables gave me a ticket to the raffle for free dinners, gym membership, or possibly a shopping certificate to CambridgeSide Galleria all in the service of getting enough food donated to help fill the 800+ Thanksgiving baskets helping some of the thousands of struggling local families and individuals served by East End House’s Emergency Food Program.
|Jay Felitto introducing Michael Della|
But as we learned from its Executive Director, Michael Della, East End house is so much more than just Thanksgiving baskets. Beyond the turkeys and the toys for Christmas is a whole host of year round programs reading books to children, mentoring youths, helping students with their homework, sharing STEM skills and knowledge with aspiring young scientists and reaching out to homebound and isolated seniors. A cornucopia of ways a volunteer can use their skill and knowledge to make a difference. Dignity, opportunity, and entrepreneurship are a real calling in Kendall Square.
This Third Thursday gathering of the Kendall Square Association was Hosted by BMR and Cambridgeside with copious amounts of food provided by William Kovel’s Catalyst restaurant and Fuji and PF Chang’s and Evoo and drink by Green Street.... and the list went on and on. You shoulda been there. Live jazz music by the wonderful Honeytrain Jazz Trio headed up by Jay Felitto. Our friends at the Cambridge Police Department are regular community supporters helping us showcase local, community organizations. Tonight was no different.