Board members of Danielle’s Gift tour Jessica’s House and present Shirley Pok, Vice President of Development at Emanuel Medical Center, and Erin Nelson, the Executive Director of Jessica’s House, with a contribution that will sponsor three children and allow them to receive an entire year of counseling. In doing so, Danielle’s Gift became the first organization to “Sponsor-A-Child” at Jessica’s House. If you are interested in learning more about Jessica’s House, please visit this link! Jessica’s House
Kathy Dahlin presenting Ryan Lonergan with a check to Camp Taylor, which will allow four children with heart related conditions to attend the camp. Ryan is a local young man with a heart condition that was discovered when he was in junior high school. He is very involved with Camp Taylor and understands the struggles that these children live with.
Ryan Genzoli presenting a check to Alyssa & Kim Welch to help with on going expenses for Alyssa’s dialysis, as well as her upcoming kidney and liver transplant. Alyssa was born with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease which has caused severe damage to both her liver and kidneys. If you are interested in helping Alyssa yourself, or know someone else who may be, a donation can be made to an account in Alyssa’s name at any Farmer & Merchants Bank branch.
Please take a minute to read our article that appeared in the Modesto Bee, simply click the link below to view. Thank you for all of your love and support! Without you, none of this would be possible!
On January 21st, Danielle’s Gift members and volunteers attended the Feed My Starving Children food packing event at the Hilmar Covenant Church. Along with over 200 other volunteers at the packing, the Danielle’s Gift team worked hard to pack over 55,000 meals for starving children abroad. This many meals will feed 154 starving children for one full year! Along with volunteering, Danielle’s Gift also donated enough funds to pay for over 2,000 of those meals. The event was both fun and rewarding, and we would like to thank all of our contributors for helping to make it possible and please visit our Facebook for more pictures!
We started the year running and began working on our first fundraiser on January 1st. Our first annual St. Patrick’s Fundraiser on March 19th was a huge success and tickets were sold out three weeks before the event. We received great contributions and support for our silent auction, as well as for the dinner dance, and were able to start helping children and young adults immediately following the event.
We then decided to have another fundraiser in July that would include all ages with a rafting trip down the Stanislaus River. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of water, the event had to be canceled due to safety concerns.
Our final fundraiser for 2011 was on October 1st, a wine tasting and home tour event at Casa Estrella. Greg and Karen Ellis were kind enough to offer their beautiful home to Danielle’s Gift for the fundraiser. This was our first wine tasting event and we all learned a lot. It was another success and a great time was had by all.
Because of the tremendous support we received at our fundraisers, online donations, donations made at Christmas time and in memory of loved ones, we were able to support the following individuals and organizations:
*Arjay Wiles – Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy – Therapy not covered by insurance
*Stanislaus County Foster Youth (anonymous by request) – Assistance with food, gas, and housing cost during his stem cell transplant
*Keith Howe – Special care needs – help with extermination of bedbug infestation
*Fava Kids – organization that helps children with cancer
*Javier Guerrero – learning disability – tutoring
*Journey for Jessica – Donation towards therapy for brain injury
*Feed My Starving Children – Organization to feed hungry children all over the world
*Hilmar Clothes for Kids – To help clothe underprivileged children
*Bradley Pacheco Memorial Toy Drive – Toys to hospitalized children at Christmas time.
*Hughson Elementary School “Elf Project” – To help local children in need
At Danielle’s Gift, we view the coming of a new year as an opportunity to continue our mission of bringing hope to children in need. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making our first year successful, and with your continued support, can make 2012 a year of hope for those children who have lost theirs.
Lori Zambruno (right) on behalf of Danielle’s Gift, giving DVD’s to Lisa Pires (left) for the Bradley Pacheco Memorial Toy Drive. Lisa started the Bradley Pacheco Memorial Toy Drive to honor her son who died at age eight. He spent many of his holiday’s in the hospital and Lisa understands the need to brighten the day of a sick child. We were glad to help support her cause!
On behalf of Danielle’s Gift, Bonnie Doyle (left) hands a check to Delores Arnett (right) for the Hughson Elementary School Elf Project. The Elf Project’s mission is to bring Christmas to all children by providing both clothes and toys for underprivileged kids during the holidays.