What the Community is Saying About Hope & Comfort

Over the years, Hope & Comfort has received letters from organizations and nonprofits that have benefited from our donations. Read through a collection of our favorite letters.

I know my son gets bullied because of his hygiene and if I could afford to buy all of these products on a weekly basis, or if there was someone that would help me with them, then I am sure he wouldn’t be bullied at all.”
– From a mother requesting products for her son.

It’s an awesome moment when a new client comes to Centre Street and finds the toiletry shelf fully stocked. They are getting more than food. Their eyes light up when they learn they can go home with shampoo and bar soap. It’s huge.”
– Christina, food pantry volunteer

The students we serve live in extreme poverty and often qualify as homeless. Often, students living in poverty do not have access to hygiene items and come to school unclean. Many students have to share items such as a toothbrush with their siblings because they cannot afford more than one.”
– Request from After School Outreach Program

“A very important part of the high school special education curriculum is “Transition Skills” – those skills which will prepare them for life beyond high school. Providing them with the knowledge and TOOLS for good personal hygiene is an essential part of their vocational training which will lead to post-secondary employment.”
– From an educator whose students received hygiene kits

Moving here from NYC, I’ve been unable to get a job. So I cannot afford toiletries. I want to make myself presentable for job interviews. So the razor blades, shampoos and soaps are extremely helpful to me.”
– John, food pantry shopper

Hope & Comfort has also been a great help financially. Our pantries are all funded by donations only and not having to buy the products Hope & Comfort provides to us allows us to spend more on other necessities.”
– From a partner food pantry

Milestones

Hover over the dots below to view Hope & Comfort's highlights over the years.

2010
May

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!

2010
September

Hope & Comfort makes its first distribution of 250 tubes of toothpaste to Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s Family Table.

2011
January

Hope & Comfort hits 1,000 items distributed.

2011
June

Hope & Comfort is granted 501(c)3 status.

2012
November

Hope & Comfort hits 15,000 items distributed.

2014
January

Hope & Comfort hits 30,000 items distributed.

2014
August

Hope & Comfort hires its first full-time employee.

2014
November

Hope & Comfort partners with Boys & Girls Club of Boston and nursing students from Mass General Hospital.

2014
November

Hope & Comfort hits 50,000 items distributed.

2014
December

Hope & Comfort moves into its first “official” storage space in Newton, MA.

2015
February

Hope & Comfort launches its first program to supply local food pantries with hygiene products.

2015
April

Hope & Comfort launches a program with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to provide hygiene products and education to youth in Boston.

2015
October

Hope & Comfort hits 100,000 items distributed.

2015
November

Hope & Comfort celebrates the grand opening of its first office and warehouse space.

2016
April

Hope & Comfort hits 150,000 items distributed.

2016
August

Hope & Comfort hits 200,000 items distributed.

2016
November

Hope & Comfort hits 250,000 items distributed.

2017
March

Hope & Comfort hits 300,000 items distributed.

2017
September

Hired the organization’s first Executive Director.

2017
November

Hope & Comfort hits 400,000 items distributed.

2018
May

Hope & Comfort hits 500,000 items distributed.

2018
September

Moved to new office and warehouse space in Needham which offers almost double the square footage of our previous warehouse.

2018
September

Hope & Comfort hits 600,000 items distributed.

2018
December

Hope & Comfort hits 700,000 items distributed.

2019
March

Hope & Comfort hits 800,000 items distributed.