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August 2022 Update:

The Charitable Givings Committee brings you two back-to-school collection opportunities from August 1-10 for Kids Backing Kids and Cocotree Kids.

Kids Backing Kids is dedicated to helping kids suffering from poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, and trauma by providing a backpack filled with school supplies, food, or other needed items. Kids Backing Kids provides these services to children in K-6th grade in Wellesley and the surrounding towns. They also raise community awareness and help train young volunteers to be the next generation of community leaders. 

Cocotree Kids is a non-profit organization that provides free, new underwear to underserved children and those facing crisis situations in Massachusetts. The underwear is distributed to homeless and domestic shelters, as well as emergency response programs to ensure that all children are covered in all situations.

 National Underwear day is August 5th! 

Current Wishlist

School Supplies:

  • Folders, pronged, pockets, assorted colors
  • Folders, no prongs, pockets, assorted colors
  • Composition notebooks
  • Notebooks, spiraled, wide-ruled
  • Felt-tip pens, assorted colors
  • Crayons, 24 count


  • Toddler boys and girls (2T-3T, 4T-5T)
  • Adult women’s- size medium (6) and large (7)
  • Boys medium and large (from size 8-16)

*all underwear must be new and unworn

Monetary donations may also be made directly through each website. 

Please drop off items between August 1-10 at the home of Bethany Cangiamila (a collection bin will be on the front porch). For members, find additional information, including address drop-off, on the members Charitable Givings page. Thank you in advance for your generosity!  

Kind Regards,

The Charitable Givings Committee

Recent charity partners:

The Charitable Givings Committee facilitates and supports local charities through donation collections and community outreach events. Below are some of the charities we support. 

Wellesley Food Pantry currently serves approximately 400 clients in about 200 households in town. Of those who come to the pantry for food and personal care products, about a third are children (18 years old and younger) and another third are seniors. The pantry is open every Tuesday morning to welcome clients, and is also open one Tuesday evening per month. The pantry receives no government funding – it relies solely on volunteers and donations from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations to stock shelves and serve clients. https://www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org 

Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. https://dressforsuccess.org

A Place To Turn was established in 1979. The founders were among the first to recognize that economic hardship exists in the suburbs and is not exclusively an urban problem. The food pantry began as a fledgling entity in the basement of a private home, moved briefly to St. Patrick Church in Natick, and in 1981 settled at its present location in a small cape on the grounds of the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick.  https://www.aplacetoturn-natick.org 

Medway Family Shelter is a twelve family congregate shelter for homeless families. It is staffed 24 hours a day. Parents and children of each family share one private bedroom, and all families share the rest of the common spaces such as the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathrooms. Staff assists families in acquiring permanent, affordable housing, as well as medical, education, vocational, and social services and referrals. https://www.smoc.org/medway-house.php 

Diginity Matters is a non-profit organization that collects, purchases, and supplies feminine hygiene products, bras and underwear to women and girls who are homeless or disadvantaged, in order to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity. https://www.dignity-matters.org  

REACH provides survivors of domestic violence with safety, shelter, and a path to healing. Our innovative, community-based approach promotes healthy relationships, fosters collaboration, and empowers community members to be agents of change. https://reachma.org 

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities. https://www.cradlestocrayons.org 

More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. They work approximately 20 hours per week managing their online, retail, pop-up and wholesale bookselling business, running a high-end event space, and gaining critical life skills and work experience while generating revenue that offsets program costs. Youth are also doing daily pickups at donation bins, homes, businesses and institutions in the community, sourcing over 3M donated books annually to run their businesses. https://mtwyouth.org 

Journals for Hope is a program created by a mother who went through the loss of her daughter to cancer and found therapy in writing. She provides journals and writing tools to pediatric patients and their families as a means of therapy. https://giving.massgeneral.org/stories/journal-writing-program/ 

Family Promise Metrowest helps families with children who are facing homelessness by providing shelter, education, and comprehensive support. Their mission is to transform the lives of families with children that are facing homelessness by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education, and comprehensive support. They serve low- and moderate-income families with at least one child under the age of 18 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  https://www.familypromisemetrowest.org 

Birthday Wishes makes a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families by bringing them the joy of a birthday party. Birthday parties provide the opportunity for reflection, celebration, and hope. They are a common event in the lives of most families, but for children experiencing homelessness, families may be unable to maintain their routines and rituals. Birthday Wishes ensures that children are not denied this important rite of passage simply because of their living situation. https://birthdaywishes.org 

Kids Backing Kids is dedicated to improving the lives of children experiencing poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, and trauma by providing material goods, raising community awareness, and training the next generation of community leaders. They help kids by giving them a new backpack filled with supplies, food or other material resources that they need. Kids with limited financial resources, kids who live hungry every day, kids without a home, and kids who have had recent traumatic experiences or who have been the victims of other tragic circumstances. https://www.kidsbackingkids.org 

Cocotree Kids is a non-profit organization that provides free, new underwear to underserved children and those facing crisis situations in Massachusetts. The underwear is distributed to homeless and domestic shelters, as well as emergency response programs to ensure that all children are covered in all situations. National Underwear day is August 5th! www.cocotreekids.org 

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