Join NKOTB and Help Others in Need in this Holiday Season

December 13, 2021

Count your blessings… You’ve got many, haven’t you?

But we all know there are a lot of people in need, and that we can contribute to their blessings, specially during the holiday season.

Throughout the years, thanks to the New Kids On The Block, we learned about different organizations which are working 24/7 to help others; so! Here is a small list to start spreading love and joy.

(*) Organizations are listed in alphabetical order

Dancing For Hope: Helping St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children

Jordan Knight and wife Evelyn Melendez, have been part of the “Dancing for Hope” committee for a long time, an event destined to raise funds for the St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. In 2013, for instance, Jordan also raffled a cabin for the NKOTB cruise (and the winner received the news with a phone call from JK)

St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional well-being, educational achievements and economic independence. Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, St. Mary’s Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and search for affordable permanent housing.

St. Mary’s Center / Dancing for Hope

How to help?

End ALZ: Raise Awareness and Funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Joey McIntyre lost his mother Katherine to Alzheimer’s and he’s been a huge advocate since she was diagnosed. The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

How to help?

  • On 2012, Joey published a blog post, “My Mom May Not Know Who I am…” which was then published in the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias”; all royalties of this book go to the Alzheimer’s Association;
  • Get involved by donating, participating in events, becoming an advocate and more, at alz.org/get_involved

Remember Betty and Ford Warriors in Pink: Fight Against Breast Cancer

Danny Wood joined the fight against breast cancer, after the death of his mother Betty in 1999. Recently he partnered with “Ford Warriors in Pink”, which is dedicating 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of their clothing and accessories to the cause and is also working along with Susan G. Komen.

How to help?

The Trevor Project: End Conversion Therapy

We learned about The Trevor Project, thanks to Jonathan Knight, back in 2010; this project, currently seeks to end “Conversion Therapy,” a so-called therapy to change someone’s sexual orientation with torture.

How to help?

Tuskegee Next

Back in February, Donnie visited Tuskegee Next and met a new generation of pilots who are the legacy of America’s first black military airmen; he taught us a little bit about them and how we can help them (because they truly need as much help as they can get)

How to help?

More Ways to Help

There are many more causes the New Kids On The Block have helped with; to name a few:

  • Mass. Eye and Ear, which improve the lives of people with vision, hearing, voice and balance problems. Joey McIntyre is a huge advocate and has participated in the annual galas for years. Learn more at masseyeandear.org/makeagift
  • The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, whose mission is to remove and eliminate barriers that prevent youth from succeeding. Learn more at markwahlbergyouthfoundation.org
  • God’s Love We Deliver: $20 funds a holiday meal for a seriously ill New Yorker and their loved one. Joey has also been helping this organization for a long time. Learn more at www.glwd.org

Count your blessings, and choose the one that’s close to your heart 💞

Happy holidays!

By Laly York

Just a life time Blockhead known as Laly