by Karlee Jones
It’s that time of the year again. Black Friday has come and gone and shoppers are scurrying around finding those perfect gifts for their loved ones. While there are many families in the Yakima Valley that are struggling with the day to day challenges such as paying their rent, food in their cupboards, and clothes for their children.
This is one reason for the past three years, West Valley High School homerooms have adopted over 40 families in need, sponsored by the YWCA. This Christmas project is called Miracle on Zeir road. Each homeroom receives a family and what the mother and her children would like for Christmas. Then it is up to the students in the homeroom to individualize the gifts the families.
This project has been very meaningful to me as my older sister created this project when she attended West Valley High School. Now its my opportunity to have my chance to be able to give back to the community by adopting families in need over the holiday season.
While many spend their season consumed with what to buy, take a moment to realize what you have. Last week was the first ever #GivingTuesday–a philanthropic substitute for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In partnership with great orgs like the UN Foundation, 92nd Street Y, and DoSomething.org, #GivingTuesday saw a huge success with donations, on Tuesday alone, up %113. Remember though, #GivingTuesday is just the start–the kickoff of a #GivingSeason. So find your meaningful project, charity, organization and donate your time, your money, your efforts to ensure that this is the greatest #GivingSeason ever.
What are you waiting for? GO!