April is Give Back Month | Blackstone's and KitchenWares | Boston, MA
April is Give Back Month at Blackstone's & KitchenWares in Boston. We are giving back with 5% of all sales going to 3 local nonprofits, Restaurant Strong Fund, Food for Free and MA Community Fridge.
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~ Melody Beattie
We are giving back because it is our anniversary. It's our 15th year of proudly owning Blackstone's and our 11th year as the owners of KitchenWares. We are only here because of you. Our loyal customers who have continued to drop in, shop online and support us in the many ways we partner in the community. We are incredibly humbled, honored and thankful to be your go-to for so many things. We are, because of you. Thank you.
A Little Background
As mid-March of 2020 came and went, we all were in a state of disbelief as to how the pandemic was unfolding. For us, it was the same - PLUS - we were in full swing with a change to our business. We made plans to merge our 2 spaces of KitchenWares on Newbury Street into our space of Blackstone's on Chestnut Street on The Hill.
Without a pandemic this seemed like a difficult feat. But, well, 2020....lol. And on the other side of it - WOW - the lessons learned and the small but meaningful gains have been monumental! Would we change anything? No Way!! Not in a hot second!
And since we're sharing some info about our changes, you're the first to know, there's more coming!! We are beyond excited to be entering Phase 2 of our updates. What are we talking about? Well.....we don't really want to spoil the surprise BUT there will be more combining, more streamlining, more great products to choose from - all from our Happy Little Shop on The Hill - and the comfort of your own home, of course.
We began and ended 2020 with an incredible amount of excitement, just a wee bit differently than we had imagined. And 2021 is coming in with hope (has anyone else realized the first quarter of the year is already done - holy moly!!) and excitement.
We are Celebrating OUR Anniversary by GIVING BACK
Our first way to mark this milestone is by sharing with the local community who we serve. We are proud to announce that are donating 5% of sales all throughout April to the following organizations. We chose these organizations specifically because of the great work that they do to support food insecurities in Boston. We are grateful for their work and dedication to our community.
There are more than 1 million restaurants in the U.S., home to more than 15 million employees nationwide who are especially vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19 closures.
During these unprecedented times when many establishments have been forced to close their doors for the greater good of our community, Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation recognize those who will take the biggest hit and offer our support. We stand with and want to extend a toast to the restaurant workers who have had our backs for so many years, from serving our favorite beers to celebrating life’s most memorable moments with us.
Initially unveiled in Massachusetts on March 18th on the heels of mandated Covid-19 closures in Boston, the original Restaurant Strong Fund raised nearly $500,000 from 2,000 individual donors in its first week, with support from athletes David Ortiz to Jimmy Develin and chefs Ming Tsai, Chris Coombs and Ken Oringer. Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation quickly realized the need was widespread and desire to support was even stronger.
TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE RESTAURANT STRONG FUND, CLICK HERE.
Food For Free began in 1981 with a focus on “bridging the gap between waste and want” when a group of friends realized that local meal programs were struggling to put food on their tables. With borrowed trucks, these volunteers gathered fruit, vegetables, and bread—food that would have been thrown away—and delivered it to meal programs, pantries, and shelters. Over the next two years, this volunteer effort gained the support of established non-profits and local government. Food For Free was incorporated in 1983 and received 501(c)(3) status in 1985.
Since those early days, Food For Free has grown into a recognized leader in addressing food insecurity whose efficiency and integrity serve as an example to other like-minded organizations, both large and small.
The Food For Free organization has many programs that help our local community from helping kids in the schools to get food to families with a variety of programs for food pantries and grocery boxes.
TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE FOOD FOR FREE ORGANIZATION, CLICK HERE
One version of mutual aid that’s appearing in more and more cities across the country since the pandemic struck is community fridge projects. Community fridges are meant to help people fill gaps for their food-insecure neighbors that are not being addressed by the state. They’re stocked with groceries by members of the community and can be accessed at no cost by anyone who needs food. They operate on a “take what you need, give what you can” basis, but organizers stress that contributing food to a fridge is not a precondition for taking food.
A growing number of organizers in Greater Boston have launched community fridge projects in recent months, spreading the word on social media, especially Instagram.
TO MAKE A DONATION OF FOOD OR TO VOLUNTEER WITH TO THE MASS COMMUNITY FRIDGES, CLICK HERE FOR A MAP OF WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED