This winter has been a challenging season for many people, but winter is also the season that our donor Echo Design reaches out to people in need with the brand’s “Share The Warmth” campaign. From November 16 through December 17, 2014, Echo Design pledged to donate two cold weather items to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for every one item sold on the company’s website (www.echodesign.com). This year, Echo Design directed their donation to teens in foster care and foster families. Donations were provided to Together We Rise (CA), Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MO) and Episcopal Social Services of New York (NYC). A total of 2,840 pieces of cold-weather fashion were donated to the three foster organizations.
Wendy Nguyen, author of the fashion blog http://www.wendyslookbook.com/, served as an ambassador for this program. The role had particular meaning for her as she had grown up as a foster child. “While in the group home and foster home, I didn’t remember any organizations that came to visit,” said Nguyen. “I wanted to see the girls myself, to share with them that there are people out there rooting for them.”
Through our community partner Together We Rise (www.togetherwerise.org), Nguyen visited young women in a group home in Los Angeles. She brought a selection of Echo Designs products, and worked with the girls to find the right hats and scarves. Click here to see the facebook gallery. You can learn more about Wendy in this blog post: http://bit.ly/1wwO1gs.
Wendy Nguyen works with girls from a group home in Los Angeles.
In addition to the product donated by Echo Design, each of the three community partners received a cash grant of $2,500. Together We Rise used the money to take teens and young adults to Dave & Buster’s to play in the arcade and have dinner. The kids had a great time bonding and really enjoyed themselves. Some of the Echo Design product was also placed in care packages sent out to foster kids and youth working their ways through with the system.
Together We Rise helped these foster kids have a great night!
Our community partner for Share The Warmth in New York City was Episcopal Social Services (www.essnyc.org), which has recently changed their name to Sheltering Arms. “The generosity of Echo Design in providing these winter accessories to families in need is greatly appreciated,” said Samantha Wilson, director of Sheltering Arms’ Maternal Child Health program in Queens. “The significance of these items goes beyond their monetary value, as they communicate a much deeper message to those in need – that they are not forgotten. Through these donations, Echo Design demonstrates a commitment to serving others who are less fortunate and sets an example of how each of us can use what we have to serve others.”
Young women and foster families served by Sheltering Arms say thanks for the Echo Design products.
In the Midwest, Share The Warmth worked with our community partner Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (www.MFCAA.org) in Independence, MO. In the height of the winter season, they were thrilled to receive such beautiful hats, scarves and wraps.
“Thank you again for the fantastic donation,” said Danielle Schweiger, chief development officer for MFCAA. “We are so happy to have the products for our young adults and families.” The new winter items and the cash donation help MFCAA efforts to support foster youth and families, including programs like a food pantry and clothing closet, the Family Connections intake and assessment shelter and other programs. These services assist families with some of their most basic needs and help provide assistance where other services do not exist.
MFCCA used Echo Design donations to provide hope and dignity to young women and foster families.
When companies like Echo Design donate new product to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the merchandise can mean a great deal to people struggling with their daily lives. These cold weather items can free up money to be spent on other necessities, and getting something new that is their very own can help instill dignity and hope in people who are truly in need. Thanks for your compassion Echo Design!