Those Affected by Irma and Harvey Eat for Free at Taste of JP

People in the Boston area due to being displaced by Hurricane Harvey or Irma are welcome to attend Thursday's 22nd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain for free as guests of ESAC. "Our hearts go out to those who have been directly affected by the devastation of Irma and/or Harvey.  ESAC would like to do what it can to help. If you have family staying with you because they can't be at home, we would like to invite you to come to the Taste as our guests, thanks to an anonymous donor," said an email from ESAC to Jamaica Plain News. Those affected will not have to prove they were affected by the hurricanes so honesty is required. ESAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization and ticket sales will go to support ESAC’s GED Plus education programs for at-risk youth, as well as programs for free home repair for low-income seniors and foreclosure prevention counseling.

City Holding ‘Help for Houston’ Drive Starting Tuesday

The city of Boston is holding a three-day Help for Houston Drive starting Tuesday through Thursday and residents are being asked to contribute items to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. There are numerous locations to bring donations, including City Hall and two community centers in Jamaica Plain. "Our thoughts are with the people of Texas. So many are struggling during this challenging time. As we have done in other emergencies and which has been done for us, Boston will step up and help through the darkest hours," said Mayor Martin Walsh.