Last week, with the generous financial assistance and volunteer effort of the Yale Appliance Foundation, JFS distributed over 100 new winter coats and pairs of shoes to children in need. The foundation donated an additional 150 pairs of shoes, which will be stored and distributed at the FPS resource room

The Yale Appliance Foundation was established to help veterans, the elderly, minors, and individuals experiencing homelessness in Boston, South Shore, and Metrowest communities. The foundation considers proposals that focus on capital projects and purchases for programs that directly impact the clients in need.

The shoes and winter coats distribution event, a collaboration of JFS, Yale Appliance, FPS, and Operation Warm, took place at the Pelham Lifelong Learning Center in Framingham. Remaining items donated by the Yale Appliance Foundation will be distributed by the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet located at the FPS resource room.

JFS is grateful for the incredible generosity of Yale Appliance as well as our ongoing partnerships with them, Framingham Public Schools, and the Pelham Lifelong Learning Center.

About the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet: Launched in 2016, the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet provides a seasonal response to the clothing needs of the elementary school-age children in the Metrowest community, with a specific focus on the most economically challenged schools in Framingham. The three-pronged operational model includes seasonal Ready to Wear packages, pop-up shopping events, and individual/family emergency distributions. Current partners include the Harmony Grove and Brophy Elementary Schools and Framingham Adult ESL Plus.

Volunteers are needed to sort and organize clothing and pack clothing orders to distribute to families. We’re also looking for volunteers to join us at events in various community locations for our pop-up children’s clothing store, where members of the community are able to shop for free. Volunteers unload clothes from the van, set up the racks of clothing, assist shoppers, and clean up.


Make an online donation to the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet today! OR please consider contributing to our Amazon Wishlist.

For more information, please Contact Gail Gregory, Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement at