I’ve always worried that one of these years I’m going to climb the stairs to Jake Kennedy’s physical therapy clinic in Downtown Crossing, which doubles as the headquarters for Christmas in the City, and be met by a public relations consultant who informs me: “Jake’s not taking questions today. He’s lunching with his fund-raising team.”
Suffice it to say, this is not that year. Next year won’t be either. Nor any year. No, when I walked into Kennedy Brothers one afternoon last week, Jake was where he always is, standing amid a sea of ailing patients stretched out on exam beds, twisting shoulders and flexing knees.
He eventually led me to the back of the clinic, where boxes were stacked from floor to ceiling. A young woman logged the names of homeless families into a laptop, and another volunteer said to someone on the other end of the phone, “Sir, if you give three toys to one boy, how do you think the child next to him is going to feel?”
That’s when Jake unveiled the big news for the year: He’s looking to host a record 4,000 homeless kids at his Christmas in the City event this Sunday afternoon. Who knew we even had 4,000 homeless kids in this area, but we do. Problem is, Jake Kennedy is heading toward the weekend in dire need of help.
But before we dwell on the problem, a few words about the annual event known as Christmas in the City: Spectacular. Magnificent. Humane. It may be the single best afternoon of the entire year in Boston.
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