Watertown Residents Embody the Spirit of Giving

The holiday season is upon us -- a time of year when people love to give back and help their local community members. This may come in the form of donating to food banks, contributing to a toy drive, or simply baking a batch of cookies for your neighbor. In the spirit of giving, we’d like to feature some Watertown residents who give back to our community all year round! 

 In 2013, then 13-year old Joanna Munson-Palomba started the non-profit organization called Cards4aCause. Cards4aCause collects and distributes gift cards to the First Parish Church Shelter in Harvard Square and Second Step in Newton. The gift cards allow recipients to be able to buy basic necessities and items that they are in need of and donors can be sure that their contributions are making a difference in someone’s daily life. You can click the Donate tab on their website to help make the season a little brighter for somebody else! 

Gabriel’s Day of Kindness was created by another young Watertown resident and his family. Gabriel and his family hosted a blood drive on the fifth anniversary of his diagnosis of leukemia this past November. Though you may have missed the event, we encourage you to use Gabriel as an inspiration to do something good for your local community. You can always find local blood drives through the American Red Cross.

Watertown resident Wendy Gulley participated in this year’s Swim Across America Boston Harbor Swim to raise money for pediatric cancer programs at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital. The swim was a 22-mile relay style that began at Rowes Wharf and Gulley swam alongside several Olympic swimmers. You can donate to Swim Across America or a specific swim team right here on their website. 

Do you know an inspiring Watertown resident who loves to give back to their community? We’d love to hear about it! Or, tell us about your favorite charity to give to any time of the year!