I want you to know how much I appreciate our volunteers and supporters who invest in the good we do together every day at Samaritan House. Thank you for helping our neighbors get the care and resources they need to survive and put the hardships they face behind them, one day at a time.
In the midst of this season of joy, there is a difficult truth: The stock market is reaching record highs, but families living in poverty can’t stock their shelves. In fact, more people than ever need our help. 30% more people came to Samaritan House this year for food, medical care, housing, and financial assistance. Please make a gift now and help ensure families in need don’t have to choose between rent and food diapers, medicine, warm coats or electricity.
This time of year, we’re working hard to provide the basics of survival AND the staples that make a family’s holiday bright. You may have seen that we hosted our Annual Holiday Toy Drive this past weekend. We had hot cocoa and coloring books, and local families picked out toys and coats for their children. I loved being back inside the Event Center and witnessing the joy and cheer throughout the room.
A few parents stopped me and said they wouldn’t have had anything to celebrate this year if it weren’t for us. That hit me hard.
I thought of my kids and the memories we make this time of year, and with that just how grateful I am to be leading an organization that brings more than just “the basics” to our neighbors. We value the people we serve: people with traditions, dreams, and ambitions for themselves and their children. It’s our job to help them survive, yes. But it’s also our job to help them get over the seemingly endless hurdles they face, so that they can reach for their dreams.
With just a little over a week left, your year-end gift will bring year-round care to 26,000 hardworking people throughout our community. Thanks to a generous donor, your gift will be tripled up to $100,000 by our generous supporters Alan Eustace and Kathy Kwan until December 31st!
May the holidays bring you and your loved ones joy and laughter and love. And may all in our community enjoy the same.
Laura Bent, CEO