The Business of Sharing Warmth at St. John’s Preparatory School

Since the start of 2016, Maxwell Perry ‘15 has donated more than 800 weatherproofed blankets to Boston area homeless shelters through his one for one non-profit organization Beantown Blankets. Partnering with the Pine Street Inn, they are ensuring that for every blanket bought, one is given to someone who needs it. Beantown Blankets was born out of a Babson College class project, but Perry credits St. John’s Prep with giving him the foundations to make it all possible.“St. John’s encouraged innovation,” Perry says. And he smiles, “but not in a way that made you afraid to fail.” He’s wistful when he describes how much that stayed with him – how the Prep’s encouragement to simply try things made all of his work with Beantown Blankets possible.

 

It wasn't just the faculty and staff at St. John’s who had an impact on Perry, but his classmates as well. Perry is firm in his belief that the friends he made at St. John’s were crucial to his success. “They taught me humility and zeal and trust.” He says, referring to three of the five Xaverian values.

 

You can find out more about the work Maxwell Perry does at the Beantown Blankets website, and see the profile that Northshore Magazine published last fall.

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