BOSTON — On Tuesday, Annabelle and Jessica Brookes of Newfane and other volunteers from TD Bank, joined Celtics players Brad Wanamaker and Guerschon Yabusele to build beds for Boston area youth in need. The 40 twin beds that were made all feature Celtics and basketball-themed bedding and accessories.
"The community came together today for something bigger than basketball," said Wanamaker. "What an opportunity to be here and help these volunteers in making an impact throughout the greater Boston area."
"Our employees are excited to be a part of assembling beds for local children in need," said John Ratoff, U.S. Regional Head of Field Marketing Strategy, TD Bank. "Supporting the communities where we live and work is a vital part of how we operate our business every day."
In addition to helping assemble the new beds, Wanamaker and Yabusele interacted with and posed for photos with members of the CommUNITY Crew.
A charter member of the Basketball Association of America (which evolved into the National Basketball Association) since 1946, the Boston Celtics have won a record 17 NBA Championships, including eight in a row from 1959-1966, winning their first title in 1957 and their most recent in 2008. The Celtics have long stood for equality, and respect, including hiring the first African American coach and starting the first all-black starting five. In addition, 39 former Celtics players, management or staff have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In December 2002 the team returned to local ownership for the first time since 1963.
Five years ago, advocates from the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless were offering homeless prevention resources for families at a public school when a teacher approached them. The teacher shared that many of her students were coming to school extremely tired because they did not have a bed. Knowing that many of the students' parents simply could not afford to purchase one, she wondered if the Coalition could help get beds for some of her students. That one inquiry launched A Bed for Every Child, a program that works with public schools, as well as other community organizations, to provide access to free new twin beds for children in need throughout Massachusetts.