Foothill Family is Making Seasons Brighter

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While the holidays can revolve around excitement and fulfillment, it can also be a time of great anxiety for families with few resources. This is where Foothill Family’s Making Seasons Brighter program hopes to help through giving that fosters gratitude and empathy that nurtures empowerment.
More than 90% of Foothill Family’s client children are from poverty-level or low-income families who struggle to stretch very limited resources in meeting even basic needs such as food, clothing and housing. Each year, Foothill Family therapists and case managers identify clients with the highest need and invite them to participate in Making Seasons Brighter. Donations are collected throughout the month of November and in early December. Families are invited to “shop” from these donated items, free of charge, at special boutiques set up at Foothill Family Centers. Rather than watch the holidays happen around them, families become engaged contributors in making a more memorable holiday season.
In partnership with the larger community, individuals as well as businesses, schools, Scout troops and other groups can bring holiday gifts of clothes, toys and necessities to local families in need.
Here are four easy ways to make someone’s season brighter:
1. Donate items from the wish list at foothillfamily.org or find the Amazon Wish List. Search Foothill Family name under “Find a List or Registry” and ship items directly to 2500 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite 300, Pasadena, CA 91107. Find Foothill Family on Amazon Smile, too, for an extra generous boost.
2. Donate cash. Take advantage of year-end giving and 2017 tax deductions.
3. Host a gift drive with friends, family or place of business. Collect items together as a reminder of giving and gratitude, empathy and empowerment.
4. Volunteer time. Making Seasons Brighter is managed by volunteers who could use extra help sorting items, staffing the boutiques, assisting at the gift-wrapping station and more.
“Making Seasons Brighter is a program that helps to position Foothill Family clients as participants in their holiday experience, rather than observers or recipient bystanders,” said Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen. “The program brings equity to the giving and receiving while empowering parents to be the providers that they strive to be for their families.”
For more information about Foothill Family’s Making Seasons Brighter, including the category wish lists and other ways to participate, visit foothillfamily.org/holiday.php.
Two community partnerships have joined forces with Foothill Family for the giving season. Both opportunities require purchases made from special links, so visit foothillfamily.org to make the holidays doubly bright.
Thanks to the generosity of Lythgoe family Panto, 50 tickets for the Wednesday, Dec. 13, opening night show of “Beauty and the Beast — A Christmas Rose” have been allotted to benefit Foothill Family.
Lather Inc. online and in Pasadena will generously donate $50 for every Ultimate Spa Gift purchased (while supplies last). Visit the Pasadena store at 17 E. Colorado Blvd. or lather.com.

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