Happy New Year from The Leaven!
We at The Leaven feel so blessed by the love and dedication so many of you shown to our students over the Holiday season; through your end of year gifts, Christmas greetings and well wishes, and by coming out to some of our Holiday events to join us in celebrating the season.
Christmas is a special time, when our Leaven kids get to take a short break from school, and get to celebrate all the accomplishments they’ve made so far. It’s a time to remember our blessings and share joy with one another. It’s also a great opportunity to remind our students that their hard work isn’t going unnoticed.
For many Leaven families, there isn’t enough money left over for presents or a fancy Christmas feast. Their parents hate having to tell them that they can’t celebrate Christmas with presents and food this year.
But once again, neighbors like you went above and beyond to make the Holidays special for these hardworking families. Throughout California, community members like you put on their Santa hats and provided food, gifts, gift cards and more to ensure that Leaven families and kids had a very Merry Christmas.
We are so grateful to all of our Leaven elves who shared the joy of Christmas with our Leaven kids this year: NorthBay Healthcare, 621st Contingency Response Wing of Travis Airforce Base, Car Max, PJBarden Inc., City of Fairfield, City of Vacaville Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Department, San Diego Charger Jason and Cynthia Verrett, Crowns Barbershop, Jacqui and Rich Crockett, Susie and Mark Helton, Stephanie and Edie Ann Goodwin, Deborah and Jason Williams, Michelle Traceski Germann, Laurence and Begona Maier, Jack Lorna Tillman, Steve and Vickie Dawson, Leslie Musante, and Shirley Swan.
Thank you for sharing the love of the season with Leaven families.
With the New Year comes many new and exciting opportunities for The Leaven, and none of it would be possible without the support of friends like you.
There are lots of ways for you to join us this coming year, so be watching this blog and our Facebook page for more ways you can help kids and communities rise!