So often people don’t give to a nonprofit because they feel that their contribution would be too small to help. The truth is that every little bit helps. Here are two stories of different ways, and amounts, given to help BOSS and our participants this past holiday season.
In late November we received a call from Oakland Girl Scout Troop #30647 (pictured above). This group of enterprising young ladies wanted to do something to help out their community, something to help kids and make a difference locally. We told them about our Adopt-A-Family program and they fell in love wth the idea.
The girls spent $280 of their troop money choosing and purchasing all the items for the kids. Their parents collected another $300 amongst themselves and purchased necessary family items like bedding, cookware, etc. The total this group donated to the family in goods was $580. The value of such gifts, however, are priceless.
Though $580 seems like a lot of money, when it is spread out over several families, the actual amount is very minimal. A burden shared is a burden halved — in this case, with many families contributing to the effort, the burden is hardly noticeable, but for the family who received the gifts, it changed everything.
On December 22nd (the next day), Annabelle and her mom came to the office. When I saw the daughter was so young and that she wanted to donate money, I knew this was something very special.