Punching Holes in the Darkness

Food & Clothing Drive / Gift Card Collection for Our Neighbors in Need

Robert Lewis Stevenson grew up in Scotland in the mid-19th century. One night when he was still a young boy he was captivated by what he saw from his home’s front window. He fixated on a lamplighter who was coming up the street with his ladder and burning wick. One by one, the man lit the old-fashioned gas street lamps. The boy’s parents noticed their son’s fascination. “What are you looking at out there?”  Young Robert answered, “See that man out there!  He’s punching holes in the darkness!”

Please join us in punching holes in the darkness assisting our neighbors in need of food and clothing.  Food and new clothing items and gift cards as requested as well as Amazon wish lists are outlined below.  Gift cards in any donation will help buy food, clothing, toiletries, diapers, and other necessities. 

Please drop items and gift cards at the KI Office and contact socialaction@congki.org with questions. The KI community’s generosity will support the following organizations in their work to eliminate hunger and help families struggling due to the economic crisis brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCFHP)

a) Drop off at KI Office: Year-Round On-Going Needs

  • $5 – $20 Gift Cards: Target, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Panera, grocery chains.
  • New Underwear (adult sizes for men & women).
  • New Socks
  • Passes (MBTA transit)
  • Toiletries (please nothing containing alcohol – no hand sanitizer or mouth wash)
  • Backpacks 

b) Two BHCFHP Amazon wish lists: Below are links to our Amazon Wish Lists for each of our sites in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Thank you for your generous donations to support our patients!

Brookline Food Pantry

a) Drop at KI Office:  Gift Cards to Grocery Stores

b) Drop at KI Office:  Food/Goods in High Demand: 

  • Rice
  • Cereals
  • Lentils (all varieties)
  • Oatmeal
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Pastas (any)
  • Pasta and tomato products
  • Canned Soups and Beans
  • Canned Vegetable and Fruit (low sodium and no sugar added products)
  • Dry Beans (all varieties)
  • Healthy Snacks for Kids (granola bars, seaweed packages, fruit cups)

JFS of Metrowest (JFSMW) Children’s Clothing Closet

a) Drop at KI Office:  New socks, underwear, and pajamas for boys and girls in grades K-5

b) Purchase from Amazon Wishlist below