Saturday, December 5, 2009


This holiday season, we need to all look at the organizations around the North Shore doing pretty amazing things for others. Right here in Downtown Lynn we have RAW Art Works, Girls Inc, Straight Ahead Ministries, and the YMCA among others.  Consider a gift to one of these amazing organizations as part of your holiday shopping spree. There is also Item Santa, run by the Lynn Item, which needs all of our help.

My wife and I, along with a few friends, went to the Citizens for Adequate Housing (CAH) Gala tonight. A woman took to the podium with her story of how the Inn Between, run by CAH, saved her life. She found herself in an abusive relationship, landed in a shelter for battered women, and truly thought that she was going to die there. She met with CAH, and got herself in to the Inn Between. She was able to turn things around. Get a job. Build up confidence in herself. Today she owns her own business, is happily married and has three beautifully cared for children. A success story in every way. CAH is truly ending homelessness one family at a time. I am joining the Board of Directors for this organization in 2010 and I would appreciate you looking into how you could become involved in helping this organization either financially or in whatever way you can.

Finally, a lot of us have pets downtown. I love seeing you all with your dogs out by the clock in Central Square. Sometimes I wish I had a dog, so I could get to know you all better. I think if I put my cat on a leash you all might find me odd and not talk to me anyway. Plus, for those of you who know my cat, you know this would be pretty much impossible to get a harness on her.  Anyway, the shelters are having a real hard time this year. The Northeast Animal Shelter on Rt. 107 in Salem is a no-kill shelter and could really use help. Consider adopting or helping them with their efforts this holiday season.

Tis the Season folks... If you can, open up your hearts and your pockets....

Happy Holidays!

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