On a recent sunny day in June, fourth grader Alexandra Doering arrived at the Bridge Family Center with 150 books for our Family Resource Center and over 200 Caring Kits for Kids. Each kit was designed to bring a smile to a child’s face and included a coloring book, crayons, and other items such as crossword puzzles and sketch books. It was a sight to behold, and many members of our team were present to observe the pride and enthusiasm Alexandra displayed as she and her younger brothers surrounded themselves with donations on the front lawn as they posed for photos.
“It was a moving thing to witness,” says Amanda Aronson, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Bridge. “We received word during the winter that Alexandra was organizing a massive effort at her school and that the children we serve were chosen to be the recipients of her efforts. We were so honored.”
Aronson adds, “Alexandra is a member of the Braeburn Elementary School student council, and she appealed to the entire school community for support. She made posters, encouraged donations, and then wrapped them all in beautiful bags with original labels. We were blown away by the time, planning, and loving thought that went into this initiative. What made it even sweeter was that Alexandra’s work inspired her younger brother, Drew, to support this effort in his first-grade class, and her youngest brother, Will, even spread the word at the School for Young Children. Alexandra is a budding young philanthropist in our area, and I am certain we will see great leadership from her in the future.”
The books will be enjoyed by children throughout many Bridge programs. Most will be directed toward our Family Resource Center and children engaged with us through our three counseling centers, but some will be reserved for use by the teens in our residential shelters. Those teens often have younger siblings, and having gifts like this available allows them to recognize a sibling’s birthday or other special occasion when they normally couldn’t afford to do so. That’s not a need that the Braeburn community may have been aware of, but it demonstrates that the thoughtful effort initiated by Alexandra and supported by the students, staff, and families at Braeburn Elementary will be shared deeply through the communi
We wish you thank Alexandra, her family, and the entire Braeburn and School for Young Children communities for their support!