Nik and his team in Colorado Springs served 293 students in four key Title I schools. These are kids who had no opportunity to purchase gifts for their families, until this program. They are kids who have serious family financial struggles, for whom giving is a luxury they may never have considered until now.
Janice and her team served 62 students in a needy area near Breckenridge, Colorado. One generally thinks of these ski resort areas as being bastions of wealth and privilege, but for the workers who staff the many restaurants, resorts, hotels, and other tourist hot spots, it is a difficult place indeed to survive financially. These workers, often at or near minimum wage, deal with drastically reduced or even eliminated incomes during the off-season, yet goods and services and most of all housing costs remain very high year-round.
Dara and her team provided the program to 98 students in sunny Naples, Florida. This is another place we tend to associate with wealth and beauty, yet the same issues that exist in the ski resort towns also exist here - high costs of living coupled with reduced or non-existent work opportunities during the off-season.
2014 totals - five locations in two states, 453 kids served. Help us bring this proven program to even more kids this year, as we continue to honor our commitment to the schools that depend on us, and add new locations in Florida as funding permits.