“The generosity is incredible this year.” Said Alex Gordy of the Humanitarian Services Project’s Database Administrator in regard to the Yoga by Degrees students who participated in this year’s “Giving Tree Program” and food drive.
Both HSP and YBD staff members were overwhelmed by how many students participated in the annual program to provide less fortunate children, seniors and families with gifts and food this holiday season. On December 8th, HSP volunteers stopped by Yoga by Degrees in Wheaton to collect all of the gifts and food. YBD students had dropped off the gifts at the Wheaton, Western Springs and Elmhurst locations. The gifts were collected and brought to the Wheaton location for pick up by the HSP.
Each gift donor/YBD student, had picked an ornament off of a Christmas tree at one of the three aforementioned YBD studios. There were 36 ornaments total. Those who participated, purchased the gifts listed on each ornament, wrapped and labeled them, then placed them under the tree. (Although all of the approximately five to ten items on the list did not need to be purchased, the suggested minimum donation was $25 per recipient.)
In Wheaton, there was also a large box next to the “Giving Tree” where students could donate non-perishable food items by placing them in the box.
“This is just another reminder of how fortunate we are to be surrounded daily by such caring, warm and thoughtful people in which the Yoga by Degrees community is comprised of. We are truly touched by our students efforts and generosity and Yoga by Degrees staff along with, no doubt, the recipients of the gifts and food, thank those who donated from the bottom of our hearts.” Said Yoga by Degrees Director of Marketing and Development, Samantha Raphael.
Humanitarian Services Project workers will be distributing the gifts and food to hundreds of children, seniors and families who are in need in the local area this holiday season.
(Please note: For those who picked an ornament but were unable to get their gifts back to a “Giving Tree” by the 12/4 deadline, you can still drop your gifts off at YBD studio (Wheaton if possible) by Thursday, 12/11 and they will be picked up and delivered to HSP on Friday 12/12 at 3PM.)