Tuesday, December 24, 2013

At "Christmas in the City" children's carnival wishes come true for 1000's of homeless kids...




The all-volunteer “Christmas in the City” event for local homeless children had a banner afternoon yesterday, celebrating its 25th anniversary with a record turnout for its free “Winter Wonderland” indoor carnival and surprise visits from dignitaries.
“We couldn’t not do it, this is what we look forward to every single year,” said Sparky Kennedy, who founded the celebration with her husband, Jake. “We just want to see smiles.”
The event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center spread cheer to more than 4,400 children and their parents, which organizers said is a record. In addition to a hot meal, the children received gifts off of their own wish lists, as well as books, hats, mittens, jackets and garments.
“We want to make it so that the kids realize wishes can come true and promises can be kept,” event spokesman Barry Chait said.
Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey both offered commendations to the event’s organizers, including a folded American flag that flew over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. But the biggest applause was reserved for Santa, who arrived on a grand chariot behind a line of bagpipers.
“Christmas in the City” is funded by public donations. To help, go to christmasinthecity.org.