Beverly Bootstraps provides year-round services to local children and families in need. Our Youth & Family programs focus on connecting families with the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency. We provide children with increased access to food when not in school, school supplies to start off the academic year, opportunities for summer camp and a holiday gift program for families.

Youth & Family

Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts (Formerly Adopt-a-Family)

Clients looking for holiday assistance: Our Winter Wishes Holiday Gift program is full for the 2023 season. If you would like to receive information when 2024 Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts registration begins, please complete this form >>


Donors: Thank you! We have successfully achieved our Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts goal for this year, all thanks to the generosity of our donors. With your support, we will bring happiness to 800 children during this holiday season.

If you would like information about being involved with Winter Wishes Holiday Gifts next year, please fill out the form linked below. We will contact you in mid-October with further details. Thank you for your continued support. 2024 Winter Wishes Donor Interest Form >>

2023 Community Donor Drop-Off: Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off beginning the week of November 27 at Beverly Bootstraps, 35 Park Street in Beverly. Drop off will be drive-thru. A link to sign up, along with more information about drop-off, will be sent to donors on Monday, November 20th.
Donor questions? Contact Development Coordinator Deb Ploszay at
Learn more about Winter Wishes

Back-to-School Backpacks

Clients looking for backpack and school supply assistance: Our 2023 Back-to-School Backpack distribution is complete. All remaining backpacks have been distributed to public schools in our service area. If you need a backpack and school supplies for your child, please reach out directly to your child’s school.

If you would like to receive information when the 2024 Back-to-School backpack program begins, please complete this form >>


Thank you to our donors: With unprecedented need this year, and thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, 910 new backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to children in the community.

The Back-to-School Backpack program serves children (grades K-12) who live in Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham and Essex. Our families were incredibly appreciative of this help, and so are we. For over 20 years, the Back-to-School Backpack program has been helping local children be prepared for a successful school year and lessen the financial burden on families. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who participated in this initiative!

If you or your company would like to get involved with our 2024 Back-to-School Backpack drive, please fill out this form >> 

Questions? Contact Development Coordinator

Book Bonanza Book Fair

For many parents, summertime brings added financial stress. In 2022, Beverly Bootstraps recognized this need in our community and hosted a book fair to help students kick off their summer reading on a positive note. Our Book Bonanza Book Fair helps alleviate the added stress of affording required summer reading books. In 2023, we partnered with Copper Dog Books and The Book Shop of Beverly Farms to ensure we have the required summer reading books for schools in our service area. Thanks to our generous community donors, we were able to provide nearly 70 children from our service area with summer reading books.

Kids Eat Healthy Initiative

No kid should go hungry or worry about where their next meal is coming from. As of March 2021, 20.6% of children in Essex County, are food insecure and are faced with these challenges every day. Through the Kids Eat Healthy initiative, we are committed to supporting local children in need of food.

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp is an enriching experience that every child should be able to enjoy. Through the generosity of local donors, each year we are able to provide at-risk children access to a camp experience. Camp slots are provided for free or at greatly reduced prices.

Priority is given to families that have utilized other services offered by Beverly Bootstraps and can prove financial need.

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“If it wasn’t for you, my kids wouldn’t have a holiday. But because of you, I can now see a smile on their faces.”

– Janelle, single mom of two young boys