It’s hard to believe, but some children, teens, and young adults never received an Easter basket before coming to Olive Crest—and now that we have had time to tally the Easter baskets given out at the beginning of the month, we are happy to give an update on our Easter successes! Here’s a rundown of the Easter goodies throughout Olive Crest.
Inland and Desert Communities: Kids in group homes and foster kids were gifted a total of 350 baskets. Group home youth received hygiene products, socks, gift cards, make-up, and nail polish; foster kids received books, candy, summer games, and beach towels. Baskets with board games also were given to families in our Family Preservation program.
Las Vegas: Big-hearted donations provided foster kids under age 13 with more than 60 Easter baskets, and older foster kids and young adults in Olive Crest programs received 40 baskets. Baskets for the older kids included make-up and gift cards for girls, and earbuds, cards, and candy bars for boys.
Los Angeles: Hundreds in community benefitted from generous Easter basket donations from individuals and companies, including Wells Fargo, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Topson Downs, Ralph’s, and United Healthcare. One very compassionate donor, Janet, recently lost her son, and to honor him, she did something special for the foster kids that we serve: She donated 58 baskets filled with tons of toys and candy.
Orange County: A whopping 1,809 Easter baskets came in during Orange County’s Easter basket drive! Every child and teen at Olive Crest—whether they are involved with us through fostering, kinship, group homes, family preservation, independent life skills training, or Olive Crest Academy—had a happy Easter because of your donations. Baskets from the drive also spread joy to foster kids in our San Diego office.
The Pacific Northwest: Generous individuals and groups donated between 200 and 250 Easter baskets for the first few weeks of March. Olive Crest case managers and other staff delivered the baskets to foster kids and their foster siblings, and there were even enough to share some with a local Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
Thank you for all the compassion that helped brighten Easter for Olive Crest children and teens!