BOSTON (WHDH) – A Boston nonprofit is reflecting on a special donation tied to Princess Diana 25 years after her death, carrying on her legacy in the Bay State.
David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, is grateful for the generosity. The nonprofit is a nutrition program for people struggling with chronic illnesses who are struggling to feed themselves or their families. They feed almost 2,500 people daily.
Waters said that Community Servings was once small, but a Boston philanthropist gifted one of Princess Diana’s gowns to the organization to auction off in 1997.
“We were just about to auction it off when that tragic car accident happened 25 years ago today,” Waters said.
After her death, the value of the gown jumped to $200,000, allowing the charity to buy their first kitchen. He also credited everything from the organization’s food, amenities and manpower, is thanks to her.
“It’s so poignant 25 years later to remember what Princess Diana meant,” he said.
Waters also noted that the organization’s early mission was to feed people living with HIV-AIDS, and Princess Diana was one of the earliest celebrities to speak out about the disease.
“That original gift and the message of Princess Diana’s priorities for HIV have just multiplied so many times over,” Waters said.
Anyone who wishes to donate to Community Servings can do so at servings.org.
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