On Friday, December 18th, State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez joined the Bromley-Heath Tenant Board to host a Christmas celebration at the Jamaica Plain Housing Project. It was a fun night filled with music, raffles, and tons of toys! The event rode the coattails of a successful Thanksgiving Dinner hosted at the development one month ago.
The celebration was made possible through a variety of different toy drives and donations. The Representative hosted a toy drive, setting up donation boxes at Mike's Donuts in Mission Hill and Caffe Nero and JP Licks on Centre St. in Jamaica Plain (the boxes themselves were kindly donated by Economy True Value Hardware in Brookline). Thanks to the generosity of these businesses, over 50 toys were collected. Further, local residents donated toy directly to the Representative. Boston Police District E-13 also kindly donated 4 HUGE bags full of toys.
Local real estate agent Stephen Lussier donated the big ticket items that were raffled off, including 4 BMX bikes, a dirt bike, scooters, toy trucks, and even a "rip-stick" skateboard.
Funds for toys were collected through a tenant-run "GoFundMe" initiative, which netted over $1,000 to go towards purchasing toys for Bromley youth. At the beginning of the party there were nearly 500 toys, made possible through the combined generosity of the Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain community. As a result, over 150 children walked out of the celebration with a toy, when they might not have otherwise received a Christmas present this year.
The Bromley-Heath development is the largest public housing development in New England, and is located in the Jackson Square section of Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Check out photos from the event below, and like the Representative's Facebook page to stay updated on future events in the district!