Project Access would be nothing without the generosity of its donors and volunteers. During the holiday season especially, we are so blessed to have gracious organizations donate funds, food, volunteers, host toy drives and more! From local Starbucks to Mazda dealerships, we are showered with goodies to share with our residents.
"In the communities that we work with, it’s sometimes easy to forget that some of the things these families have a hard time accessing is being able to fulfill all of their childrens' needs and expectations for the holidays. So these toys and donations really brighten the lives of those in the communities we serve, as well as ease the loads families carry. These generous gifts from others supplant empty hearts and lives, creating the magic of the holidays at our sites,” says Daniel Romero, Service Coordinator in Santa Ana.
Last year, Sentre Partners in Irvine donated hundreds of toys that they collected at a toy drive they organized. “I was overjoyed that someone took the time to organize a toy drive for my center, every child went home happy and with a toy in hand thanks to the extra toy donation,” says Service Coordinator Elizabeth Mejia.
Generous organizations really help make the holidays at Project Access the success that it is. One such organization is called Mothers and Daughters for Multiple Causes. They are what their name suggests, mothers and daughters working side-by-side to help out in their community. This year, they are sending about 20 members to volunteer at a community building holiday event at Hermosa Village in Anaheim. They’ll be helping with games, face painting, crafts, passing out snacks, helping people sign in, and cleaning up. This event will even have a special appearance from Santa as well as Krispy Kreme Donuts and Starbucks coffee (that was donated by a local Starbucks). Residents are rushing to sign up for the awesome raffle prizes as well. Related Management, the property management company for Hermosa Village, is donating a TV and Beats By Dre headphones!
As you can see, a lot of organizations came together to make this event a special one for the residents. Not only did Mothers and Daughters for Multiple Causes volunteer their time, but they also collected donations and bought toys for our kids. Sara Guggenheim Jarrett, our main contact with the organization, collected donations on our behalf and made a generous donation herself. She also owns a preschool in Newport called Newport Coast Preschool that is hosting a toy drive for us. Sara shares why she chose to work with us:
“We chose Project Access because our charity is about hands on volunteering and we wanted the girls to be able to participate in and see "hands on" and with their own eyes the difference that volunteering makes. We were looking for charities that would allow our 13 year old girls to participate hands on and I remembered Project Access and reached out. We were so pleased to find out that Project Access would allow our 13 year olds to come in and "spread the joy" this holiday season. It's so important for the girls to see what kind of difference they can make and just as important for the children at these facilities to see that not only adults but their peers care and want to make a difference. Thank you Project Access for this opportunity!”
If you or your company would like to get involved, please visit http://www.project-access.org/spreadthejoy for more information!