We decided that this week, in the spirit of the season, we’d skip our stone restoration topic du jour and offer our blog space to a few of our favorite local causes.

Please consider supporting one or all of the below, there is something here for everyone & happy holidays!

The Greater Boston Food Bank Founded in 1981, The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in New England, and one of the largest food banks in the country.  GBFB was able to meet or exceed all of our organizational goals for the 2014 fiscal year. Highlights from the past year include: – GBFB distributed over 50 million pounds of food, or over 40 million meals to community members in need through our member agencies and programs.

Ezra Schwartz Memorial Fund: Yeshivat Ashreinu is a gap year program based in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Ezra Schwartz, in whose memory this money is being raised, was a local to Sharon, MA (the original home of BSR) and part of our community. The money will be used directly by the yeshiva for projects and memorials in Ezra’s memory.

Cradles to Crayons Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an innovative non-profit that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Rosie’s Place: Since 1974 poor and homeless women have found an oasis of hope and nourishment at Rosie’s Place. The mission of Rosie’s Place is to help women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. With the help of people who believe change is possible and share our vision of justice, Rosie’s Place has accomplished amazing things, both big and small. Each year: 74,000 nutritionally balanced meals are served in our warm and cheery dining room; 800 women choose free non-perishable food items and fresh produce from our groceries program each month; more than 500 women find safety and nurturing in our emergency and short-term housing; and advocates help more than 100 women find a home of their own and avoid eviction.

The Jimmy Fund solely supports the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community efforts to help save lives and give hope to cancer patients around the world. An official charity of the Boston Red Sox, Pan-Mass Challenge, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and Variety Children’s Charity of New England, the Jimmy Fund is an American favorite.