Happy Birthday, Colin!

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Happy 4th Birthday, Colin McGrath! Come out on August 31st and celebrate Colin’s birthday with some sun, sand, and BBQ while also supporting our community partners, Julie’s Family Learning Center and the South Boston Neighborhood House (The Ollie).

The event will take place at the Curley Community Center at the M Street Family Beach on Saturday, August 31st from 11am- 2pm. The rain date is the following Sunday, September 1st, at the same location.

Admission to the event is an item for one of the community partners (see graphic below). One item per family is suggested, but additional donations are always appreciated.

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Both Julie’s Family Learning Center and the South Boston Neighborhood House work hard to make a difference for both kids and families living in South Boston. Julie’s Family Learning Center provides life skills education, job-readiness training, computer literacy and individual and family counseling for members of the South Boston community, as well as a variety of other services and programs. The South Boston Neighborhood House aims to “support family and neighborhood life in South Boston”, and they do this by offering affordable educational opportunities for children aged 2 ½- 12 years, as well as literacy events, a young parent nurturing program, welcome baby visits, and educational and career development programs. They even serve senior citizens in the neighborhood with a variety of both social and educational events throughout the month in an effort to decrease social isolation.

Because both organizations have similar goals and service similar community populations, they came up with the donation wish list collaboratively and will be splitting the donations in half at the conclusion of the event.

Colin loved spending time outside, especially at the beach, and so his family wants to honor him and his memory by organizing a fun event that kids will love...and what’s more fun than a BBQ on the beach!? This event is family friendly: there will be hotdogs and hamburgers, an italian ice cart, face painting, swimming, sand castles, music, and lots of laughs.

Colin’s Joy Project is grateful to both Kristen and Ed Flynn for helping to organize this event, as well as to the city of Boston for donating the use of the space. A link to the event can be found HERE.

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Colin would have loved a party like this, and so it’s the wish of his parents, Kerri and Brendan McGrath, and his sister, Sloane, for the community of South Boston to gather at the beach, have fun, celebrate Colin’s life, and spread joy in his memory.