For the third year in a row, RotaryCSJw helped gather special holiday gifts for clients and families in EMQ’s programs. Each EMQ family that had a clinician express need on their behalf, got a Target card and a Safeway card in EMQ’s Annual Holiday Giving Program. Club Members donated 60 Target gift cards to the parogram, helping at least 60 families.
January 14, 2008
Mr. Jerry Cummings
Campbell / San Jose West Rotary
Dear Jerry and Kit, and everyone at the Campbell / San Jose West Rotary:
The holiday season is more than a time of toys, wrapping paper, and ribbons. It is a time for reflection, celebration, and family. It is a time of generosity, for after all the dolls and toys have lost their appeal, memories of the giving and the giver remain with us.
For the 182 families and 1638 children in our community that we were able to serve this year with donations of over 2652 toys, clothing, and gift cards; we say â€œThank Youâ€?. This represented an increase from last year of 18% in the number of people served, and 2% increase in the number of gifts solicited from community donors. You helped us rise to the challenge and make a difference.
Some of these gifts made it possible for our families to have a holiday meal, receive a new warm jacket or boots, have a Christmas tree, and of course reward their children with a toy of their choice.
Most of us take these things for granted. However, donors like you not only contributed thousands of dollars worth of goods, but more importantly, spent the time and effort to shop and wrap these items with care and labels for each child and family member. Such thoughtfulness did not go unheeded.
Many of our families and children responded with tears as well as gratitude for gifts from neighbors they had never met, thoughts and wishes from people they will never get to thank in person. You brought joy to so many.
All the clinicians and family therapists in the eleven different departments who delivered the gifts, and all of the children and families we serve, offer you a thank you and best wishes for the new year.
Community Development Manager