The Season of Giving Thanks
Help United Way make it the most wonderful time of the year for everyone

Post Stephanie McLemore Bray
November 2019 

 Like so many nonprofit organizations, we are ringing in the holiday season by offering a variety of ways to give. While it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the many requests that flood our mailboxes and inboxes during this time of the year, I am always humbled by how fortunate I am. I have a home to go to, food I can put on my table, and gifts I can share with family and friends. 

For far too many families, this time of year can be tough. Our local United Way knows those families and the challenges they face. They are struggling to get by, but want so badly to celebrate the joy of the holiday season.

We hope that you will take a moment to consider how you can join us to help make the season special for those families.

There are three ways that you can give through United Way California Capital Region this holiday season: our November gift drive, our December Holiday Market, and by making a gift to the Square One Project. 

If you would like to shop: During the month of November, United Way California Capital Region is accepting new and unwrapped gifts for kids in need in the Woodland and Sacramento communities. You can also purchase a gift from our Amazon Wish Lists or at your local store. Shoes (youth size 11 – 4), and coats (Youth XS – Adult S) are always great gift ideas.

Each year, we also partner with Gifts from the Heart. This annual holiday gift-giving program* serves foster youth, who may be without the friends, family, and gifts of the season that so many of us are fortunate to have. Items like gift cards, headphones, toiletry items, and small electronics are the gifts that teens request the most. Dolls, cars, board games, and art kits are always a hit with younger foster youth. All giving options can be found here. 

Here’s how you can give your time: Our United Way will host a free Holiday Market for families in need in the Robla and Woodland communities to distribute those donated gifts in December. Parents will be invited by their local school to shop the market and select gifts for their children. United Way volunteers will be onsite to assist guests with shopping and gift wrap. This will be the most festive place to be in our region this holiday season! Please click here to learn how you can volunteer to help. 

We are deeply grateful for the support we receive for our Square One Project throughout the year. We are offering the opportunity for donors to make a special gift this holiday season in support of our work to end poverty, starting at school. Please visit our donation page to make your gift before the end of December. Together, we can help make this the most wonderful time of the year for children and families in need in our region. 

Thank you and happy holidays!