At this year's Festival of Trees, CEO Dianne Schultz was honored to receive a check for $6,000 from the Normal Firefighter's Association . And this was just the beginning of a showering of gifts from local partners.
The Normal Firefighters purchased and delivered gifts to 30 children from 12 client families. And they weren't done yet...They provided holiday parties for Hammitt elementary kids and Healthy Start moms and toddlers.
Not to be outdone....WalMart provided the sparkle in the holidays for 100 children through a $5,000 grant that provided Christmas gifts for 100 children! Shop with a Hometown Hero is a stellar event where our kids get to shop with our local heroes-men and women police officers, firefighters, EMTs and various branches of the service. It is a wonderful opportunity for children and first responders to have a positive experience, developing mutual respect, and just sharing in the joy of giving.
Vivian and Jeff Elder teamed up with our friends at The Grand Cafe and provided a Christmas feast for our residential kids and their families. And Dr. Matt Fraker and his wife Dr. Sherri Thornton kept the good times rolling through the holiday break, providing movie tickets and meals for kids who aren't able to go home for Christmas. Herb and Diane Miles wanted to be sure the residential children could ring in the new year together, so they provided an amazing pizza party for all the kids and staff.