Holiday Generosity

Santa at the Moose Lodge is always a hit with Little brothers and sisters

Every year when December comes along, I am so busy finishing up things and starting new ones, that I forget about the generosity of the community during the holidays.  Then, with the quantity of donations that start coming into The Next Door for the families which whom we work, the memories of 21 Decembers comes flooding back to me. 

I’ve been a social worker for 21 years now.  I think it was my first or second year in the field when I was tasked with opening, sorting and re-wrapping presents for kids in residential treatment.  I have vivid memories of sitting in a room alone with hundreds of presents and marvelling at how generous people are for kids they do not know.  This week, I marvel anew.  Here is a list of the toy, gift card and clothing donations that have come to The Next Door this holiday season for children and their families:

  • Zumiez Clothing for all NDI programs
  • The Moose Lodge in The Dalles for Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Washington Federal Savings and Loan in The Dalles for Families First
  • The Hood River Alliance Church for New Parent Services
  • The Hood River Leos for New Parent Services
  • Hood River Cinemas for New Parent Services
  • Cutie Pie Consignment in Hood River for New Parent Services
  • Walgreens in Hood River for Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Nora’s Table in Hood River for Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles for Independent Living Program
  • Mid Columbia Medical Center, Chaplain’s Fund for Independent Living Program
  • The Dalles Country Club for Independent Living Program
  • The Kiwanis Club of The Dalles for Independent Living Program
  • Hawks Ridge Assisted Living for all NDI programs

These donations are worth more than $12,000!  Thank you, Hood River and The Dalles, for your incredible giving!

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