275 Foster Youth Receive Holiday Gifts And Stockings Through United Way’s Women In Philanthropy

News Release

December 12, 2013 – One hundred sixteen local residents donated 200 stockings and 212 gifts through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so 275 local foster youth would have holiday wishes fulfilled. Seventy-five foster youth in Sacramento County’s Child Protective Services received the holiday gifts they requested, and the community filled stockings for 200 foster youth with United Way’s $en$e-Ability project partners: Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Koinonia Family Services and New Morning Youth and Family Services.

Dozens of volunteers with United Way’s Women in Philanthropy, United Way’s Emerging Leaders and the recipient nonprofits came together on Dec. 5 to wrap gifts and stuff stockings with Target gift cards, hats, blankets, first aid kits, yearly planners, socks, snacks and personal notes.

“This community really stepped up to ensure that kids in the foster care system don’t feel forgotten during what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year,” said Ruth Miller, co-chair of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. “Thank you to everyone who made them feel special as they spend their holidays away from home.”

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings women together to foster the future, preparing foster youth for a successful adulthood. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members raise funds, hold drives and provide trainings focused on helping foster youth rise to their dreams. The group also is a partner in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project, helping foster youth become financially self-sufficient through financial literacy courses and individual development accounts that provide a matched savings program. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip.