Bernard Lee Keeps Holiday Tradition Alive by Helping Boston-Area Homeless Families
The holidays are the season for giving, and this past weekend poker pro Bernard Lee, who hosts the Bernard Lee Poker Show right here on PokerNews, embodied that by helping 37 homeless families in the Boston area.
For the fourth year in a row, Lee partnered with FamilyAid Boston to host a holiday gift-giving event where both adults and 57 participating children received special gifts. The event, which was sponsored by the One Step Closer Foundation (OSCF), took place this past Saturday at The Great Hall at Codman Square Health Center in Boston.
"The holidays can be a difficult time of year for the struggling families we serve. This event provides them much needed relief and joy around the holiday season."
It marked the ninth consecutive holiday seasons that Lee supported children in need by donating all proceeds of The Full House Charity Program to child-focused charitable organizations across New England. Since 2011, the program has provided more than $100,000 worth of goods and funds to children-focused organizations and helped more than 350 families in New England.
“FamilyAid Boston and the families in our emergency shelter program are incredibly grateful for Bernard and his family’s ongoing support,” said Larry Seamans, FamilyAid Boston President. “Never have Bernard Lee’s Christmas donations been more needed. With rents spiking in Boston this year, moving the city up from the sixth to the third most expensive rental market in the US, there are more families than ever facing a possibility of no Christmas. The holidays can be a difficult time of year for the struggling families we serve. This event provides them much needed relief and joy around the holiday season. The children’s enormous smiles showed just how much.”
A Family Affair
Lee, who was joined by his children, participated in games and enjoyed pizza before children received customized gift packages from their personalized wish lists. Gifts included winter clothing, books, toys, games, sports balls, art supplies, backpacks, diapers, and stuffed animals. In addition, Lee gave every attending mother a winter coat and a personalized duffle bag.
“It has been my honor to work so closely with FamilyAid Boston for the past four years."
“The Full House Charity Program has truly become a family tradition for the Lee household, especially my kids, who have become an integral part of the process,” said Lee. “This annual event has brought so much joy into our family’s lives as we love seeing the happiness when the families, especially the children open their holiday gifts.”
He continued: “It has been my honor to work so closely with FamilyAid Boston for the past four years and we look to continue our partnership as we are already are planning our 10th anniversary of The Full House Charity Program for 2020. We also want to thank the One Step Closer Foundation for being our 2019 sponsor.”
Here are some photos from the event:
About FamilyAid Boston
FamilyAid Boston empowers parents and caregivers facing homelessness to secure and sustain housing and build foundations for their children’s futures. As a leading provider to families facing homelessness in Greater Boston, FamilyAid Boston offers a comprehensive set of programs and services including emergency shelter, housing supports, services for children, and is the city’s largest provider of private homelessness prevention resources for families. Over the past year, FamilyAid Boston helped 1,600 homeless children and parents on their path to stable housing. For more information, please visit www.familyaidboston.org.
Photo Credit: Kelly Cammerota
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