0.7 min readBy Published On: December 12th, 2011Categories: Features2 Comments on Give Blood

Written by Tom Carter

Happy New Year!

Here is an activity that will make you feel good and get a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee too!
2012 will mark the 5th anniversary of the passing of a true South Boston legend, Boston City Councilor Jimmy Kelly. There is no doubt that Jimmy Kelly helped literally thousands of people not only from South Boston but from every neighborhood in the city.
To mark the 5th Anniversary, Jimmy’s children are hosting a Blood Drive on Saturday January 7, 2012 from 9:30-2:30 at the South Boston Catholic Academy Gym located at 866 East Broadway a.k.a. St Brigid’s (O & Broadway).

The American Red Cross recommends reserving a time slot 1-800-733-2767 so you can get in an out quickly.
Everyone that donates will get a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.


  1. Mike Budukiewicz January 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Jimmy was fierce fighter of all peoples rights.  He found it hard to say "No" to anyone who asked for helped.  I remember Jimmy from the Forced Bussing days, he was committed to his beliefs and that never changed.  He was also committed to his friends and neighbors of his tight knit community.  As time wore on his prominence and commitment grew to not only include the people of South Boston, but it also the surrounding communities, even if they were not in his district.  He pulled no punches, he would dig in his heels if need be, yet he was flexible enough to bend when needed.  He was a strong father figure and family man.  I as were many many friends and acquaintances of Jimmy were very saddened by his passing.  It upset me greatly that I was unable to attend his services and pay tribute to a great man as I received a transfer 1500 miles away and was enroute to my new destination.  Good Luck with the blood drive and RIP Jimmy you really were a True Legend.












      I am proud that I could call Jimmy a friend. 

  2. John January 6, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Jim Kelly truly was one of the greats.  He helped thousands and never sought publicity for any of it.  He did it because he loved the people of South Boston unconditionally.  Caught in Southie should be commended for running the story about the blood drive and the picture along with it that brings back so many fond memories of this incredibly good man..

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