What a year! River City Youth Foundation has had a standout holiday season. With 100 families adopted and over 2,000 children receiving gifts at the 13th Annual Merry Memories toy give-a-way, this truly was a year for the books.
December 24 brought the RCYF family together for a Pluckers holiday feast. Pluckers owners, David and Jenny Paul, conducted the fourth annual Pluckers Christmas Eve Luncheon for River City Youth Foundation. They provided all you can eat food for families and great toys for every child and teenager in attendance. Once the numbers were tallied, over 200 people had come in, and for some, this gathering was their Christmas dinner.
We would also like to thank everyone who participated in our Adopt a Family event, especially our major supporters: New York Life, Barry Levinson, Bob Larson, Nyle Cowan, and Carolyn Nelson. Thanks to the gracious donations from people all around the area, 100 families were adopted and provided with a special holiday meal this holiday season. Although this level of community generosity would be enough to move any onlooker, there was a second story unfolding that night.
Two weeks ago, at RCYF’s Merry Memories toy give-a-way, 15-year-old Eric Reyes won a new bike in the toy raffle and gave it to his little brother. Ever since, support for the Reyes family has been pouring in. People all around the community had been contacting the foundation wanting to purchase a bike for Eric. Eventually, enough support was raised so that we were able to present Eric and all his brothers and sisters with new bikes, helmets, and locks. The family also received a gift card with gifts from community members (Read more about the Reyes Family). We would like to thank Jenie Perry from the Statesman for coordinating with readers Kathy Wilhelm, Neel Morton, Jerry Biscoe, and Suzanne Weinert. They truly made this an unforgettable Christmas for the Reyes family.
As the year draws to a close, many of us tend to get caught up in finding the “perfect” gifts for our friends and loved ones that we often forget that it’s the selfless acts of kindness that truly make the season what it is.
We are looking forward to all the great things the New Year has in store for us. One thing that we are excited about is seeing our technology program kicked into high gear thanks to Dell Computers and their “Wired & Inspired Neighborhood” program. Stay tuned to hear more about that!
From all of us here at River City Youth Foundation, we wish you and your family the best in the year to come. Have a safe and happy New Year!