Holiday Giving Comes in Many Sizes

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.

Annabelle
By: Gwen Austin
Six year old Annabelle, the daughter of a long-time BOSS donor, saved her allowance to donate to Harrison House children.
On December 21st, her father called the office and left a message about who to talk to about coming to our office with a donation. So I called him back and asked him what items he wanted to donate and he quickly said, “No, its my daughter who wants to donate money and would like to stop by our offices with it.” I gave him our hours and said to ask for me.
Little Annabelle Donated Her Savings to BOSS Families
Little Annabelle Donated Her Savings to BOSS Families

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.

I introduced myself to her and her mom and proceeded to ask her her name and how old she was. She replied Annabelle and (looked at her mom to get a confirmation on the age) then said six.
She told me she wanted to donate to Harrison House because she had visited with other students from Duck’s Nest School. She wanted to help the children at Harrison House in some way so she saved her allowance each week and decided she would donate the money during the holiday.
I asked her did she know how much was in the jar of loose change and she replied, “No.” The three of us, me, Annabelle, and her mom, got on our knees and used the small coffee table and began to count. Her total was $63.72.
Giving is giving. No matter who you are, or what you can give, it all makes a difference to the individuals and families participating in BOSS programs.