Under the Tree script fontIn December 2006, Jonathan Woods was at the mall during Christmas buying gifts for a 5 year old for a toy drive at his school.   It occurred to him that toy drives seemed to be geared to younger kids. He wondered what happens to kids his age (12 at the time) and older whose parents had a hard time providing for them at the holidays.  He had an idea to create a foundation to provide gifts for older kids at Christmas and call it the Under the Tree Foundation. With advice and guidance from a family friend, he created the Under the Tree Foundation and established it as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

Jonathan approached the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester to see if his mission for the Under the Tree  Foundation would fit a need they might have.  It did and thus a wonderful partnership was born.

In the fall of 2007, Jonathan sent out donation solicitation letters to family and friends.  In 2007, the Under the Tree Foundation filled the “Wish List” of 25 members of the then Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester

In addition, in 2007, the Under the Tree Foundation was able to:

  • Provide the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club with additional gifts and gift cards
  • Refurbish the pool table at the Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
  • Sponsor a field trip to the movies over Christmas break for 80 of its members including transportation and a pizza party
  • Donate 40 shoe boxes filled with sundries coordinated by a group mentored by Jane Feroli, Specialist for Parent Involvement, Brockton Public Schools
  • Donate 35 pairs of pajamas provided to the Under the Tree Foundation by The Pajama Program

The success of the first year prompted Jonathan to commit to double the amount of “Wish List” gifts from 25 to 50 for the following year.  As the fall progressed, the tough economic times seemed to be getting tougher. He knew he had this commitment and knew he had to work even harder in 2008.

Proudly, 2008 was an incredibly successful year for the Under the Tree Foundation. The accomplishments were:

  • Fulfill the 50 Wish List Gifts provided by the DBGC
  • Provide an additional 30 gifts to be given out at the discretion of the DBGC
  • Host 43 teen members to a night on Boston Common’s Frog Pond.  The UTTF provided transportation, skates, hot chocolate and 3 instructors to help the teens.
  • Make a donation towards furniture for the teen center
  • Donate 62 boxes filled with stocking stuffers items coordinated by Jane Feroli, Specialist for Parent Involvement at the Brockton Public Schools.
  • Coordinate the donation of pajamas from The Pajama  Program

The Under the Tree Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit with a public charity status. Donations are tax deductible.  If you would like to make a donation to the Under the Tree Foundation, please send your contributions made payable to the Under the Tree Foundation, 33 Grandview Avenue, Duxbury, Massachusetts 02332. Thank you.