Spreading joy, love and the holiday spirit
A Women in Philanthropy annual tradition

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members definitely know how to fill the community with holiday spirit.  During the past month, United Way staff watched daily as gifts continued to pile in for local foster youth who are a part of the Sacramento county’s Gifts for the Heart program.  In total, our donors brought in 132 gifts to brighten the holiday season for 50 local foster children.  In addition to the numerous toys, bikes and other items that filled our offices, we watched as a continuous stream of online donations came through to support the purchase of 147 Christmas stockings for the teenage foster youth who are a part of our $en$e-ability project

The holiday season is about spreading joy and love.  Personally, I couldn’t have spent the days leading up to the holiday season with a better group of women.  I’m proud of the work our Women in Philanthropy members do and I’m proud to call myself a member.

Crystal Richardson is the director of resource development and the Women in Philanthropy liaison at United Way California Capital Region.