Raising Caring Kids
Nearly 300 parents and young children attended Circle of Hope's second annual family event, Full Circle, on Saturday, Nov. 4. Families came together on Needham Town Common for a fun, impactful morning of volunteering as a community. Thank you to everyone who attended, to our amazing volunteers for dedicating their time, and to the generous sponsors who made this wonderful event possible!
About Full Circle
Last year, Circle of Hope kicked off our educational programming with our first-ever Full Circle event. Full Circle helps parents begin important conversations with their young children about homelessness and service to others. Full Circle attendees had the opportunity to pick up a helpful guide called "How to Talk to Your Child About Homelessness and Poverty," which can be found here:
How to Talk to your Child about Homelessness and Poverty by Laurie F. Konowitz, M.D., neonatologist and board certified pediatrician [PDF]
At Full Circle, children each received a "Passport of Giving" and moved through different stations, completing activities meant to help homeless adults and kids in Boston and Metro West. The wonderful stations are described below.
- "Basics Brigade" - Here, children were asked to assemble "Dignity Bags" full of important toiletries like soap, toothpaste, and deodorant. Circle of Hope volunteers will deliver these bags to homeless individuals living in our partner shelters within 10 days.
- "Collection Corner" - At this station, kids decorated their own donation jars to take home. They can save up money to donate to Circle of Hope at a later date. We recommend making these donations on Giving Tuesday, which takes place on Nov. 28 this year, to extend the spirit of giving throughout the fall.
- "Appreciation Station" - Children had the opportunity to decorate flags depicting things they are grateful for in their own lives. This station gives families the chance to think about and express gratitude together, and the flags were hung around the Common during the event.
- "Winter Warmup" - At this station, participants created bundles of winter hats, mittens, scarves, and socks for homeless children. This year, more than 150 homeless kids will receive these bundles because of the wonderful participants of Full Circle.
- "Bundle Up" - Here, kids decorated their own donation bags to take home. They can gather their own gently-used clothing and shoes to donate to Circle of Hope. Like the donation jars, we recommend making this donation on Giving Tuesday!
- "I've Got Your Back" - At this station, kids decorated backpacks and filled them with winter essentials like hand warmers, emergency blankets, and socks. These items will help homeless adults prepare for the cold months ahead.
Thank you to our generous Full Circle sponsors for making this event possible:
LINX | Volante Farms | Coldwell Bankers | Chestnut Dental Associates | Goodman Advisory Group
Babel's Paint & Decorating | Wegmans | Frank Apeseche | Sarah Hart | Barbara Waterhouse | Century 21 |
Peter Donovan | Skip & Kathy Windsor | Jenson | Wegman's | Sudbury Farms | ICL Imaging | Reddish & Polansky Dental
Staples | Orifice Refuse & Recycling | Deborah Sherman Design | Elizabeth Russ Dental | Bombas