Neighbors Helping Neighbors
We wanted to recognize a local charity group doing great work in our community.
For over 100 years, Mansfield’s West Side Benevolent Circle has been helping Mansfield families in need. Throughout the year, the Benevolent Circle helps local folks get back on their feet after experiencing some setbacks. People often come to the West Side for help with rent, electric bills, heating and more. Though West Side is active throughout the year, Christmastime is by far the busiest time of year
West Side’s “Christmas is for Kids” is an annual fundraising drive that has brought smiles to many families who would otherwise not have a very merry Christmas. The families’ requests are ordinarily listed in the local newspapers, with the families just identified by number.
The West Side volunteers don’t have a permanent home for the donations, so the collection spot is different every year — where they have lay out boxes for each family in need. As donations come in, the volunteers place them in boxes to try to complete a family’s wish list.
Last week, B&M Catering sent one of our trucks and a couple of helpers over to its local collection center to help pack up the loads and loads of toys and gifts that were to be delivered to the Robinson School in Mansfield. It was incredibly touching to see how many donations had been collected and how many volunteers there were on hand to help load and distribute the boxes. B&M Catering was honored to have been able to help in this community effort