Well, the holidays are upon us and Desana's USA group is busy working with the students and families at Kirkpatrick Enhanced Options School (Nashville TN). All of the students at the school are on 'free lunch' and the majority of the families live well below the poverty level. Many are single parent families and several are grandparents raising multiple grandchildren. We are dedicated to helping these children break the bonds of poverty by giving them some of the same opportunities that students in other schools have.
We were able to provide a field trip to the Adventure Science Center for the pre-k classes in October. We also delivered gourds and 36 pumpkins to the classes. The children loved the science center and enjoyed decorating their pumpkins to take home.
With Christmas around the corner, we really need your help. Once again, we will be furnishing Christmas for 20 families; approximately 100 people. These families are not receiving any assistance from other organizations. In the past we have had the chance to meet and deliver gifts to the families and you can only imagine the smiles and excitement we are met with. Last year, a single father and son wanted to show their gratitude by helping us unload the trailer full of gifts and by sorting and delivering. The first year we provided gifts, their requests were for underwear, socks and a gas card so the father could get to work across town. Last year their only request was food. We have developed a relationship with this family and I was met last year by a smiling face and a huge hug. The son was respectful, well mannered and eager to help us. Those who are able are working or trying to find work. They are all dedicated to helping their children succeed. They volunteer at the school, go to church and are trying so hard to put food on the table and clothes on their backs.
Their gift requests are humble:
Socks, underclothes, diapers, shoes, warm clothes, bedding, dishes, cookware, and food. Some may write 'a toy' or 'a doll' for their children. What you don't see are requests for game systems, a particular toy, etc.
We are also providing holiday food boxes for 36 families at the school. These are most appreciated as this is the only way for them to have a special meal. These boxes will include:
Canned green beans
1 dozen eggs
A bag of oranges
We realize that the economy has affected most folks. We are feeling it too. Our bank account is almost empty and we have so much to achieve. We have made the commitment to these families and they are counting on us. We will not let them down. If you, your family, your work, church, book club, running group, etc would like to 'adopt' an individual or family please let us know. We will also be glad to do the shopping for you. I promise you that I am a shopping fiend...I get the best price possible on everything by watching the sales, using every discount and coupon available and will then beg for more. Remember that your donation is 100% tax deductible. Our goal is $6000 raised by December 3rd. Can you help us meet our goal, no amount is too small or too large.
We thank each of you for your continued support and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
DesanaGiving Project Director