The Women's Lunch Place holds a special place in the Patriots organization. The non-profit provides a place for women in Boston with a safe place, a healthy meal, support and resources -- all while empowering them and maintaining a level of dignity.
The Women's Lunch Place was a favorite of Myra Kraft's, and the Patriots Women's Association has carried on her legacy with an annual visit to help make and serve lunch.
On Monday morning, the group took a tour, prepared lunch, hosted a game of bingo, painted pumpkins and spent time with the women there.
Executive Director Elizabeth Keeley said this day is always special for their women who come through every day.
“They feel so special. They feel like, ‘Wow, the Patriots come here to see us, to help us?’ They feel so much better about themselves and they feel good,” she said. “They love the gifts that they receive and appreciate their generosity in not only in sharing some of their Patriots garb, but also that they take their time and care.”
LInda Holliday, Mackenzie Andrews, Shahrzad Slater, Emily Stratton, Beverly Fears, Tori Austin, Jen Belichick, Hallie Gostkowski, Moriah Beaty, Gabrielle Gilmore and Dylan Gonzalez all joined the Patriots Women's Association for the day, and in honor of the organization's 35th year, Robert Kraft capped off the visit with a $35,000 donation.
"Our organization, and it’s best exemplified by these lovely women behind me who care so much about this community, we like to reach out to organizations where there are good people and sometimes they just need a little boost or a little help," Mr. Kraft said. "We reach out to the most vulnerable people in our community. The Patriots Women’s Association and our charitable group. We like to meet with real people, good people."
Though the Women's Association makes a trip every year, for Tori Austin, it was the first time, and she said it was an amazing experience to be able to tour the facility and meet new people.
"I think I would want to do this regardless of having that platform, and this just gives us the opportunity to do it in a broader spectrum outside of your individual church or just at your kid’s school or just with your kid’s sports team," she said. "This gives you an opportunity to reach a really broad spectrum of volunteerism ... You do feel great when you’re doing something for others but you just feel great when you’re getting to know people in their walks of life."
You can check out more photos from their visit in the gallery below.
On Oct. 1, Kraft joined the Patriots Women’s Association consisting of wives and significant others of Patriots players, coaches and staff for a special visit to The Women’s Lunch Place in Boston. The special guests prepared and served lunch for women experiencing homelessness. They also delivered personal care products, participated in arts and crafts projects and presented The Women’s Lunch Place with a $35,000 donation.