During a normal Christmas season, Carlo’s Catering owner Stevie Scire and his family take a well-deserved break for the holiday. But before Carlo’s Catering on the corner of Bennington and Moore Street closes for a little Christmas vacation, Scire would give back to the community and spread some holiday cheer.
“We usually don’t deliver on Christmas Eve, but for years we’d find some family or organization that needed donations and we’d make a delivery of food and toys,” said Scire.
With COVID-19 still a major concern in the neighborhood this year has been anything but normal–so Scire had an idea to partner with the Salesian Boys & Girls Club on Byron Street to help feed families in need this Christmas Eve.
“I just came up with that idea,” said Scire. “I said let me try to do something and try to give back to people that are really struggling.”
So, Scire called Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Mike Triant to formulate a plan.
“Because Mike has a good handle on families that may be in need within the Salesian Community,” said Scire. “So we came up with the idea of having the community sponsor a meal for a family in need with children because this year more than ever , families need our help.”
For $199 residents can sponsor a meal as well as a gift for each child in an Eastie family.
The food and gift will be delivered on Christmas Eve day and includes salad, a pasta dish, eggplant Parmesan, spiral ham or steak and veggies, rolls and butter as well as holiday cookies.
“If you’d like to sponsor a meal and gift for a family you can call us today for details at 617-567-0058, text us at 617-719-8709 or email us at [email protected],” said Scire.
Over at the Boys & Girls Club, Triant called Scire’s idea ‘amazing’.
“Stevie (Scire) thought of this and asked me if we had families who could benefit,” said Triant. “As we all know the need for food and the financial strain on families is greater now than ever before. I think the success of an initiative such as this speaks volumes to the respectability of the people and the organizations that are involved. Stevie and his family have been such generous East Boston business owners for so long that people always want to be involved in anything that Stevie stands behind. They are such generous and kind people.”
Triant said the Boys & Girls Club is beyond grateful for all that Carlo’s Catering has done over the years to help the Salesian.
“For more than 75 years we have been a place that serves our community and provides affordable opportunities to everyone, especially the families and children that need us most,” said Triant. “It is always a privilege to help others, but to do so during the Holiday Season makes it even more special. A huge thank you to Stevie and his family on behalf of all of us here at Salesian Boys & Girls Club.”