WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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156 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 Hope and Comfort teamed with the Health and Wellness Department of the Boston Public Schools to pack kits for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston volunteering community service helping out doing our part contributions neighbor to neighbor philanthropy Shampoo and Soap with a Whole Lot of Hope C H E R Y L B A L I A N S C A PA R R O T TA writer good works more than a few families in Weston and Wellesley have been startled to receive chil- dren's birthday invitations that specify: No gifts — please bring a supply of soap, shampoo, and toothpaste instead. If you've been invited to a "Hope and Comfort" party, then you already know what's afoot. Five years ago, Jeff and Loren Feingold of Weston wanted to not only celebrate their daughter's second birthday, but share the importance of giving back with both their children. So, rather than asking for gifts for Grace, the Feingolds requested that party guests bring items to be donated to a children's charitable organization. "This was started as a way to show my kids how lucky they are," says Jeff. "The big idea is paying it forward with random acts of kindness." But when the Feingold family delivered the toys and clothing, they learned that one of the largest unmet needs for both needy youngsters and adults are simple toiletries. "When we brought over that first crate of stuff, the social worker enlightened us about the shortage of basic personal care items," Feingold recalls. Understanding the extent of this need and having a strong desire to help the community, the Feingolds created Hope and Comfort, Inc., now cemented as a viable nonprofit since it received 501(c)(3) status.

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