Happy Holidays, wish the greatest holiday for all of you.
Here is the final update for this year: (See this year's photos below)
We finished delivering all the gifts to each individual. This year we decided to go to the families house/RV/Rooms, with the help of wonderful NDA students and their devoted parents we managed to go one night to the stable/Track and gave gifts to 9 families and one night to the Trailers for the other 13 families.
Everyone was super happy and appreciative. It was an awesome experience. Bitter sweet! It was very heart warming to see my students involve, despite of rain and cold weather they were passing out candy canes, and apple ciders and cookies on top of each families gifts.
Every one (120 individuals) received most of what they wished for including: boots, jackets, sweaters, jeans, toys, kitchen appliances, pots and pans, blankets, food items, diapers and wipes, blender and coffee maker, tables and chairs, school supplies.
With your generous donations we were able to raise $2780 in cash and checks, $975 in Gift Cards.
So many of you bought what they asked for. Everything we wrapped and presented to them was Brand new.
I also have bags and boxes of gently used items, which I will deliver to them and leave at their chapel in few days! but their gifts were are brand new ;)
Most families were given one or two gift cards to Target/Walmart in addition to their gifts.
So, I am pleased to announce that we, together were successfully making a difference in the community, we were able to bring huge smiles on 120 faces and 26 families. we together made their Christmas.
Thank you from bottom of my heart.
FYI- We are not stopping here ;) and we are not waiting until next Christmas. We have promised each other that we will have a Summer BBQ and gift giving for all these families in June 2015! NDA students will lead this project and will take care of the BBQ and outdoor fun for kids and families. With your help again we can provide them with Bicycles, and Scooters, and outdoor inflatable pools and sports equipment!!!
If you would like to be notified and be involved please let me know.
We will also plan on donating food items to them from time to time. I am sure they can use our help through out the year.