Lizz and her elves are getting together to provide these kids with a small bag of goodies for the holidays. Each bag will contain a pair of gloves, a hat, a granola bar, a tangerine, and a candy cane. We estimate that the bags will cost $7 each; Lizz plans to distribute at least 70 bags this Christmas. The city of Greenfield is made up primarily of field workers; with the recent rains, they have lost a week of work. This may be the only gift these kids get. Our immediate goal is to cover the cost of the bags, at a cost of $490.
We also hope to raise funds for ongoing needs throughout the year. We set a total goal for $1000 but if we exceed that, so much the better. Funds will buy supplies throughout the year. Lizz told us that one local "elementary school issued all the students a t-shirt and shorts... at the beginning of the school year. Many kids wear [those] every single day. It breaks my heart to see kids in the rain wearing thin hoodies or shirt sleeves or flip flops. Many kids use a plastic bag as a backpack." While Lizz and her co-workers give the gift of learning and education that can help to break the cycle, they also often provide for more immediate needs--such as snacks for the kids--at their own expense. Other needs can't always be met.
The goal of this fund, then, is to provide assistance to all of Lizz's kids now and all year round.
I hope you will help us meet--or even exceed-- this goal!
- Kim Bisceglia
- Wendy Adair
- Melissa Jauregui
- Sheila Keckhut
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