We provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift.

February 26th, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Donations, Funding, Giving, Team Building, Volunteers | Join the conversation

FullSizeRender19-1024x768Univ of Wash birthday bags“Being able to work side by side with colleagues to help reach families in our community is a very touching experience,” said Victoria Dickerson, a benefits specialist in Human Resources at the University of Washington. “We all were there for unique reasons. Some were mothers, or fathers, some had large families and/or small birthdays as children, but we all wanted to share in that joy of a parent being able to give his or her child something of their very own, and in that we shared a collective moment of caring.”

The University of Washington and UW Combined Fund Drive, in partnership with The Whole U, hosted a Cheerful Givers Birthday Bag event on February 19, which was a great success. We showed the Cheerful Givers video, and Joe Gruber, the executive director from the University District Food Bank, where we donated the bags, spoke. They operate a walk-in food bank five-days a week to individuals and families from across Northeast Seattle.  Joe made sure the birthday gift bags are being distributed to families in need in our local community.

As I looked at the dozens of bags stacked on those tables, I couldn’t help but imagine the smile that each one of those bags will bring to a child’s face on their very special day. When I came back to the office after the event one of my coworkers told me “You look so cheerful!” The wonders of giving.


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