Chamber’s Love Local Effort Supports Restaurants & Residents in Need

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The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Regional Chamber:

The Charles River Regional Chamber is launching a month-long campaign in February designed to support the restaurant community in Newton, Needham, Watertown and Wellesley, while also helping those in need.

The Love Local: Supporting Our Restaurants & Our Community campaign is designed to encourage dining locally at a time when restaurants continue to struggle in a challenging economy.

In addition, about 30 area chamber member restaurants are organizing a clothing drive to give back while visiting their favorite restaurants.

“While Valentine’s Day may be a traditional day to dine out – the Love Local campaign runs all month long with multiple ways to support our restaurants and the community during this short, cold month when all could use a little bit of a boost,” said Chamber President Greg Reibman.

Donation boxes at participating restaurant locations spread throughout all four communities will be accepting NEW sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts and other items to help in the cold winter months.

All collections will benefit Circle of Hope, a Needham-based nonprofit that provides homeless children, women and men in Boston, Cambridge and Metrowest with clothing and necessities via 25 local shelters and health clinics.

“We are looking for donations of new T-shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, sweatpants, fleeces, anything that people can use in these chilly spring months in New England,” said Christine Ruddy, Grants and Community Engagement Specialist at Circle of Hope.

“It’s a wonderful way to be able to reach out and help people who live so close but may need an extra helping hand. We’re so grateful for this partnership with the Charles River Chamber,” Ruddy added.

Monetary donations will also be accepted via QR at all participating locations and online.

“We and every restaurateur love being a part of the local community and being a place where people gather and celebrate” said Nancy Cushman, proprietor at Bianca at The Street at Chestnut Hill and one of the participating restauranters who helped organize the clothing drive.

“We’re excited to add this charitable component to the Love Local campaign where we are inviting folks to bring in an item of new clothing to donate to Circle of Hope,” said Cushman. “This is one more way that we can be a conduit to help provide more for our community.”

A list of participating restaurants, donation information and marketing graphics to spread the dine local message can be found below and also at

The “Love Local” initiative is sponsored by Volante Farms and Boston Showcase Company.

Love Local Clothing Drive – Drop Off Locations

As part of the Love Local: Supporting Our Restaurants & Our Community campaign the Charles River Regional Chamber is organizing a clothing drive as part of its Love Local Supporting Our Restaurants & Our Community during the month of February. Collections benefit Circle of Hope, a Needham-based nonprofit that provides homeless children, women, and men in Boston and Metro West with clothing and necessities.

Items needed: NEW sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts and items to help get through cold winter months. Drop off at participating restaurant locations throughout all four communities throughout February.

Number 1 Taste
39 Galen St, Watertown

Taffer’s Tavern
541 Arsenal St, Watertown

Moldova Restaurant
344 Watertown St, Newton

Diner at 11 North Beacon
11 N Beacon St, Watertown

Bocca Bella Cafe & Bistro
442 Lexington St, Auburndale

Riverbend Bar and Grille
2345 Commonwealth Ave

47 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill

Abbott’s Frozen Custard
934 Great Plain Ave, Needham

Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Ave, Needham

French Press Bakery & Cafe
74 Chapel St, Needham

Latina Kitchen and Bar
30 Dedham Ave, Needham

Pancho’s Taqueria
1450 Highland Ave, Needham

Hearth Pizzeria
974 Great Plain Ave, Needham

The James
1027 Great Plain Ave, Needham

Dunn-Gaherin’s Food & Spirits
344 Elliot St, Newton

Volante Farms
292 Forest St, Needham

1185 Walnut St, Newton

Paddys Public House
95 Elm Street, Newton

Firorella’s Cucina
187 North St, Newton

The Local Wellesley
11 Forest Street, Wellesley

Fiorella’s Express
575 Washington St, Wellesley

Thistle & Leek
105 Union St, Newton

Johnny’s Luncheonette
30 Langley Rd, Newton Centre

Farmstead Table
71 Union St, Newton Centre

Anna’s Taqueria
27 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands

Cabot’s Ice Cream
743 Washington St, Newtonville

Sweet Tomatoes Pizza
47 Langley Rd, Newton

755 Beacon St, Newton

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