We are incredibly touched by your generosity and compassion. We have come together in numerous ways to support many who are in need. Thanks to you, the Lowman School received nearly 200 supermarket gift cards, which were distributed to their families for the purchase of a turkey at Thanksgiving. Thanks to you, over 600 pairs of socks, hundreds of lunches, several boxes of Halloween candy, and 20 holiday hams were delivered for families reliant upon the North Hollywood Food Pantry.
We wanted to share the following letter from HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) with you in response to our recent Toy Drive.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the families at Laurence over these past few weeks, it is my sincere pleasure to let you know that we have been able to secure a gift for every HOLA student and their younger siblings this year. It has been the highlight of our season to be able to pass out these gifts to students and to see their faces as they receive their holiday presents. Thank you so much for your role in making this happen!! The SmartStart personalized name tags were especially a hit :) THANK YOU for taking the time to make those- they were SO CUTE!
Due to the worsening state of the pandemic, we have had to go through several iterations of what it would look like to get gifts to students. Ultimately we landed upon a hybrid system of delivering gifts to students' homes and hosting a drive-through gift distribution at HOLA. This system has allowed us to deliver gifts to families who do not have a vehicle (as taking public transportation is not recommended at this time) and has helped us to maintain a safe distance when passing out gifts to families (as they remain in their vehicles while we hand them their gifts). I am reaching out to you as we prep for our final day of getting gifts to students, and could not be more thrilled to report that we have distributed a large majority of the gifts to students so far. Today as I wrap up the gift drive this year, my heart could not be more full to share this moment and the success of the holiday gift drive with you. We truly could not have done this without your support.
Although Holidays at HOLA looked very different this year, the reception that we have received from families has been overwhelmingly positive. As we were making calls to schedule gift deliveries/drive-through times, many families were surprised to hear that we were able to facilitate a gift drive at all this year. Most students were not expecting anything, and were so excited and grateful when they found out that they would still be receiving gifts from their HOLA family. Thanks to you and the families at Laurence, our families and students are able to experience some normalcy this holiday season.
On behalf of our students, families, and the entire HOLA team, THANK YOU so much for your support. It has been such a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to connecting again in the New Year. In the meantime, I hope that you and all the Laurence students and families have a wonderful holiday season.
Heart of Los Angeles
Thank you to our Community Service Chairs, Emily Pont, Jacquelyn Rosati, and Jenny Sonbolian, as well as Lisa Shapiro, our HOLA liaison, and our tireless PA board.