Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Lend A Hand Society was able to help even more of our neighbors in 2021 than in past years. As the greater Boston community continued to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, donors enabled us to make more and larger grants for those in need throughout our local area. 

To show our appreciation, LAH friends and supporters were invited last October to gather via Zoom to learn more about our founder, Dr. Edward Everett Hale, and the world-renown artwork created by his children and grandchildren. The collection is curated by LAH friend and supporter Ken Woodcock, an active art collector with a focus on historic American art that includes the works of the family of Rev. Hale. He founded the private Center for the Study of Hale Family Art in Matumuck, RI. With the help of Center associates Nancy Whipple Grinnell and Joan Youngken, guests viewed highlights of the collection and learned about the context of the Hale-era artwork. Mr. Woodcock also shared his own personal collection of original Hale family works. 

The Lend A Hand Society is grateful for the opportunity to have shared such an incredible collection that is so personal to our mission and spirit, especially with the help of Mr. Woodcock. While the event was the first of its kind for friends of Lend A Hand, we hope to express our thanks to our many generous donors through other programs in the years to come.