It Began with a Birthday Party
In May 2010, Jeff and Loren Feingold wanted to share the joys of giving back with daughter, Grace, who was turning two. So, instead of gifts, the couple asked guests to bring children’s items to donate to Grace’s birthday party. Thanks to the generosity of their guests, they were able to donate many items to a local nonprofit organization.
Later, Jeff received a phone call from a social worker at the nonprofit. During this call, they spoke about one of the largest unmet needs in the community – hygiene products. Jeff continued speaking with social workers and other nonprofits about the unmet need. Motivated by this, Jeff founded Hope & Comfort, began distributing hygiene products out of the family’s garage in the early years, and achieved 501(c)3 status in June 2011.
Our Growth as an Organization
Hope & Comfort has grown significantly since receiving 501(c)3 status, and has seen a sharp increase in demand. To manage the growing number of incoming hygiene product requests, Hope & Comfort hired its first employee in August 2014. Following this, the organization moved from Jeff’s garage to a warehouse. Hope & Comfort has built a strong distribution network in Boston that is able to distribute products to those who need them most.
Jeff continues to get help from his two all-star volunteers, daughter Grace and son Kenny. His children love to help with sorting, packing, and distributing essential hygiene products.
Hover over the dots below to view Hope & Comfort's highlights over the years.
The Feingolds accept donations in lieu of presents for their daughter’s birthday party. Through this donation, they meet a social worker who confirms that there is a huge unmet need for hygiene products. Hope & Comfort is born!
Hope & Comfort makes its first distribution of 250 tubes of toothpaste to Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s Family Table.
Hope & Comfort hits 1,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort is granted 501(c)3 status.
Hope & Comfort hits 15,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 30,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hires its first full-time employee.
Hope & Comfort partners with Boys & Girls Club of Boston and nursing students from Mass General Hospital.
Hope & Comfort hits 50,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort moves into its first “official” storage space in Newton, MA.
Hope & Comfort launches its first program to supply local food pantries with hygiene products.
Hope & Comfort launches a program with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to provide hygiene products and education to youth in Boston.
Hope & Comfort hits 100,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort celebrates the grand opening of its first office and warehouse space.
Hope & Comfort hits 150,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 200,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 250,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 300,000 items distributed.
Hired the organization’s first Executive Director.
Hope & Comfort hits 400,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 500,000 items distributed.
Moved to new office and warehouse space in Needham which offers almost double the square footage of our previous warehouse.
Hope & Comfort hits 600,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 700,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 800,000 items distributed.
Hope & Comfort hits 1,000,000 products distributed since our founding.
Hope & Comfort has it's single largest distribution, distributing 500,000 bars of soap in response to COVID-19.
Hope & Comfort hits 2,700,000 products distributed since our founding.
Hope & Comfort celebrates the 10th anniversary of our founding.
Jeff Feingold is named a CNN Hero.
Hope & Comfort distributes over 1,900,000 hygiene products in 2021.
Hope & Comfort hires its first CEO.