I assured Glenn today that her message below was a wonderful use of her neighborhood’s Front Porch Forum…
Hello Neighbors – I would not usually see this forum as a site for solicitation but given this situation (and the time of year), I am making an exception.
I work in a rural school system and I have a new student to my case load. This student just moved to the state a week ago. I noticed that this student (who walks to school every day) did not wear a coat. After further investigation, I learned that his family can not afford one. Typically I would find this student help through our amazing state agencies but I am running into many dead ends. Since he is new to the state he has not been hooked into the usual resources, and this time of year a lot of agencies are tapped out, I have had difficulty finding ways to meet his needs. I was able to place him on the waiting list for a Holiday food basket through the Salvation Army and I have obtained some money from the school to buy him a coat and hat and other essentials, but he still needs proper winter boots (size 11).
I also know that his family can not afford Christmas presents. One thing I know he would love is a disc man. I have also observed that he loves to sketch/draw and seems to have some talent with this form of art. If anyone in the neighborhood is interested in helping out, please let me know. Our last day of school before the winter break is Friday. I am sorry for the short notice, but I just found all this out today.
Again, please forgive this use of the neighborhood forum.
And now, less than 12 hours later, Glenn posts…
Thank you Five-Sisters Neighbors. I received fantastic response to my e-mail concerning my student. People were very generous and are donating wonderful things that will surly give this student a merry Christmas. This is a tremendous outpouring and a vivid reminder of just how wonderful this neighbor is and what this time of year is truly about.