2021 was a tough year recuperating from the pandemic. Economic restoration is steady, yet slow for many families that were already below the poverty line prior to the COVID crisis. With major companies removing layaway and the astronomical increase in goods nationwide; we are seeing a need now more than ever to make the holiday season special for children in families living far below the poverty line. The Rice Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is asking that you join us and share this fundraiser with your network. Your contributions will continue our positive program impact, currently in it’s 4th year…
Year 1 (2018) - 10 students
Year 2 (2019) - 28 students
Year 3 (2020) - 79 students
Year 4 (2021) - Goal: 150 kids
Each year we look to double the kids and families we can help. Your contributions will help with providing each child with:
-Virtual financial literacy boot camp
-$250 gift card for holiday shopping
-Breakfast the day of the Christmas giveback
-Lunch the day of the Christmas giveback
-COVID tests and background checks for volunteers
-Transportation for the students
Whether you donate $5, $500 $5,000 or just share this fundraiser, your efforts are needed and appreciated. You can check out photos and videos from previous years’ surprise shopping sprees to see where all your efforts go below. We truly cannot make this happen without your consideration and donations.
Why Memphis, TN?
A recent study by the Memphis city government (June 30, 2021) uncovered these startling statistics:
- 29.8 percent of Memphis residents lived below the poverty line
- 47 percent of children in Memphis were living in poverty
- 191,609 of the population in Memphis lived on less than the federal poverty level
As a point of comparison, Memphis ranks number 2 in childhood poverty rate for cities with 1,000,000 or less residents, lagging only slightly behind the beleaguered city of New Orleans.
**All children and volunteers will be COVID tested, temperature checked, masks will be provided, and distancing will be practiced in all locations, including bus transportation.**
Our goal is to show these amazing kids a wonderful holiday season to provide hope to their parents and guardians, and to enjoy a fun restaurant where we can sit, mentor, and allow them a unique dining experience in revelation to the many opportunities outside their current environments and family situations.
If we could all take a chunk of what we worked for and used it to cultivate and grow struggling communities, we could save and redirect the structure of those who weren't dealt the best hand in life. We can alleviate the stresses of survival and provide the necessities for the youth to excel in school, stay off the streets, leave their block, heal beyond today's toxic, cultural influence and stimulate knowledge in naturally gifted areas. That is the purpose of the Rice Foundation; cultivating at risk communities in every way possible.
Check out last year’s Operation Christmas giveback.