Gifts to Give is a philanthropic organization that collects, organizes, and distributes clothing and other donated materials to children in need in the Southcoast region of Massachusetts. Focused on fighting child poverty and getting children directly involved with volunteering, Gifts to Give fosters a spirit of “Tangible Philanthropy and Big Citizenship.” The organization’s nerve center is located in an old mill-turned-repurposing center in Acushnet, where over 1,000 children and 400 adults come to volunteer every month.
In October, BlueWave team members and a few young helpers spent an afternoon processing donated goods at the repurposing center. For more information on how to get involved through volunteering or gathering donations, visit the Gifts to Give website at

Originally published in Boston Magazine
October 2016

On October 22, 1995, as rowers from around the world came to Boston to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta, John DeVillars brooded. The river was in terrible shape and DeVillars, head of the EPA’s New England division, wanted everyone to know it. In hopes of grabbing some headlines, he issued a provocative press release stating that the Charles was “notable not for its recreational potential but for the stench of sewage.” He then boldly predicted that under his direction the EPA would resurrect the Charles River and have it fit for swimming within a decade…

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