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Circle of Hope's second-annual family event, Full Circle, will take place on Saturday, November 4 on Needham Town Common from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Full Circle is free and open to all families!

Last year, Circle of Hope kicked off our educational programming with our first-ever family event, Full Circle. More than 300 parents and children came together to learn about homelessness in age-appropriate ways, volunteer together, and have a positive impact on their community. 

Click here to read coverage of last year's event.

Join us again this year for another fun, meaningful family event! Several of last year's stations will make a comeback this year, with a few new surprises as well!

Here is a sampling of last year's stations...

Collection Corner: Children will make savings banks so that they have a place where they can collect money to donate. At Full Circle we will recommend making that donation on Giving Tuesday in November to carry the spirit of generosity through the fall.

Bundle Up: Circle of Hope hand packs wardrobe bundles for each of the homeless children, women and men we serve. This station will ask participants to thoughtfully decorate a bag that will later be filled with clothing and delivered by Circle of Hope volunteers.

Appreciation Station: Children and families have the chance to express on handwritten cards the people, things, and opportunities in their own lives that they are most grateful for. These cards will be hung throughout the Common during the event.

The Basics Brigade: Children will assemble a Dignity Bag with essential items including a toothbrush, toothpaste, hand wipes, soap, shampoo, and socks, as well as a personal note to include with each bag. Bags will be given to individuals in homeless shelters by Circle of Hope volunteers. 

Special Thanks to the Town of Needham!

How to Talk to your Child about Homelessness and Poverty by Laurie F. Konowitz, M.D., neonatologist and board certified pediatrician [PDF]