It was more intentional than random, but here goes. I’ve been in touch with Alternative House since we redid their technology to keep them from missing calls from kids in crisis. I just finished their bill review and thought I’d ask if I could help brighten the holidays for some of the kids they support.
Aside from the 24-hour Emergency shelter, Alternative House also provides safe youth projects in Culmore, Springfield and Annandale help disadvantaged children in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades do well in school, and give back to the community. My husband and I had helped out some kids from this program in the past and were really humbled by the simplicity of the requests.
This year we adopted 4 teenagers from their Community-Based Services – With a focus on youth and family support, our Community-Based Services offer classes, resources, and information to parents and children. Food, clothing, homework help, field trips and help with college applications and are just a few of the things people receive at our programs. While the requests weren’t as simple as those of the younger kids, I felt like Santa delivering a jumbo sack of electronics, makeup, clothes and games this week. I’m pretty sure the holidays of these 4 are about to get a LOT brighter!
– Erica Lord