Plenty has been said about the challenges of 2020, but we would like to take a moment to recognize our donors, supporters and volunteers that rose to that challenge allowing us to continue our mission of providing niceness for those in need.
Last year there was no shortage of need, but figuring out to help was our greatest challenge yet. We were not sure if we would be able to do any projects, let alone make the impact together that we did. Below is a recap of our projects and what you made possible.
In spite of all that is going on in the world, this is such a great reminder of the good people that are out there doing good things – helping others when we all need a little bit of help.
Whether you donated your money, time, resources or just spread the word – we hope you take a moment to reflect on the positive impact you helped make, and the lives that were made just a little bit better because of your niceness.
We hope to have you join us in 2021 to continue providing niceness for those in need!
Project GubHug – April 2020
For months we had been planning to have our Annual Night of Niceness in the Spring, only to have to cancel it shortly after COVID started spreading. The kids had a simple idea – instead of hosting our dinner event with our partner at Randy Peters Catering, we would deliver meals to those in need. Only one problem – that event was where the money would come from. That week we received our first grant of $2,000 and used that to kick it off and 700+ meals delivered later, the rest is history!
>>>Read about the Project GrubHug project here
Pumpkin Carving Contest – October 2020
Having used all our fundraising to date for Project GrubHug we had to decide whether or not to do our Fall projects. The decision was made to find a way and the Pumpkin Carving Contest was born. An idea from our newest board member, Tanis Liomin, we quickly organized a way for our community to make donations via pictures of their best pumpkins. The result $3,000 raised to save our upcoming projects!
>>> Read about the 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Halloween Helpers – October 2020
In the 2nd year of this project, volunteer Melina Sanchez worked for months to organize enough donations to still deliver costumes to two local family shelters. In fact, we were able to double the number of costumes delivered to serve over 50 kids.
Help the Homeless – November 2020
Our longest standing project to serve the homeless in our community required us to make a difficult decision to not host our Thanksgiving Day outreach event, however, we found a new and maybe even better way to serve by partnering with The Gathering Inn and Wind Youth Services to deliver nearly 1,000 brand new items for those in need including clothing, supplies, medicine and more. Much of this made possible by the generous donations from our community, our project sponsor Incredible Parents and the Rock Creek Elementary School WE Club.
Tower Toy Drive – December 2020
It goes without saying that our hospitals had a difficult year, and so we were determined to find a safe way to still serve them. A small but mighty team led by Project Leader Tanis Liomin with the support of our community that purchased and shipped toys from our list, Jennie Stroup at Toys for Tots and sponsors from Sullivan Auto Group and WubbaNub Toys all stepped up to make it happen. In total, we were able to deliver hundreds of amazing new toys to local hospitals and family shelters in time for Christmas.