Homeless for the Holidays

Real Estate Agent

One of the many traditions of giving on Cape Cod is now in its 6th year in Buzzards Bay and will begin on Wednesday, December 12, 2007. 

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. Bourne, MA Firefighters will camp out in the parking lot of Mezza Luna on Main St, Buzzards Bay, for 103 hours (ending Sunday, December 16th). 

Why do they do this?  To raise money for those of us who are less fortunate.  This was the brainchild of Firefighter Craig Poirier and has since taken on a life of its own.

They accept cash donations and non-perishable food items, as well as toys which are donated to Toys for Tots.  Over the past five years, this group has raised more than $60,000 in cash, about 15,000 pounds of food and over 15,000 toys.  Every year, the turn-out is better than the last. 

Despite the devastating loss of Mezza Luna Restaurant in a fire two months ago, the generosity of the Cubellis Family once again proves why they are so respected in the Town of Bourne.  Their family's 70 year-old restaurant, a fixture here, went up in flames, fought by the very Firefighters who will be homeless.  Mr. Cubellis couldn't imagine this event being held anywhere else. 

So, next to the burnt remains of the restaurant, the Firefighters will pitch their tents, get the fires burning in the barrels, Mr. Cubellis will keep them fed, and they will do what Firefighters do best:  Look out for those who are in danger and need help.

The weather between now and Sunday does not look good.  Three storms of varying intensity have been forecast.  Including rain, sleet and snow. But this is a hardy group of individuals and they've weathered worse.

With charitable donations down everywhere because of economic conditions, our help is needed more than ever.

The goal this year is to exceed last year's donations of $17,000 by another $3,000. 

We hardy and crusty New Englanders can surely venture out into a little bad weather to help them reach their goal! 

So take a little detour to Main Street in Buzzards Bay.  No matter how small your donation, it will help a lot of people.

And a huge thank you to all who participate in this wonderful example of how people who give so much always find a way to give more.

If you're nowhere near Cape Cod, there is probably a similar effort in your area.  Toys for Tots is terribly strapped this year.  So far they've raised only 50% of their goal.  Usually they're at 95% by now.  The toy recalls have really hit them hard so if you're unsure of what to buy, a cash donation will take the guesswork out of it.  Your local food pantry is also in dire straights.  Demand is greater this year and resources are fewer.  Whether it's a non-perishable food item or cash, your donation will be most appreciated. 

May everyone have a joyous season and a healthy, happy and profitable New Year!



Comments (6)

Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Cathy, It is a worthy cause. I hope they reach their goal. I know I wouldn't be out there. I hate snow.

You can edit your posts to ADD Front Porch Majority to the list of groups to post them too.

Again, Welcome!

Bill Roberts

Dec 15, 2007 05:42 AM
Cathy Clark
Bourne, MA

Thank you, Bill.  I've added Front Porch to my groups. 

Dec 15, 2007 05:47 AM
Springfield, MA

What a fantastic cause- I have to commend you on putting your efforts into such a cause. If there were more people out there that would give back to their community, life would be much better for those in need!

Good luck and keep us posted!

Dec 17, 2007 02:46 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Cathy

Sorry for geting here to read about what the Firefighters where doing to help folks. I do hope they passed their goal for this year. Let us know how they did.

Have a good one


Dec 18, 2007 10:27 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Hi Cathy:  What a wonderful thing these firefighters do year after year.  Their service to the community shows their dedication, and really shares with all of us what really caring people they are.  Hooray for them !  Cathy... thanks for sharing !
Dec 24, 2007 02:46 PM
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Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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