For many families in our region, the holiday season is a time to gather together, share gifts, and reflect on the past year. It can be a wonderful season filled with food, laughter, travel, and fun.
As I write this note, I think about our LAYC families. Yes, they gather together and enjoy the season, but often this time of year presents significant challenges. Many of our young parents do not have money to buy the gifts their children ask for or the food they need to prepare holiday dinners. Too many are not living in safe, stable, and loving homes. Instead of feeling the cheer that floats in the air for others, these young people are too often sad and lonely. LAYC is the anchor in their lives all year round, but especially during the holiday season. LAYC offers our youth and families a place to gather, a warm smile, a hug, exchange of gifts, and so much more.
The recession has taken its toll on our families. Parents are trapped in low-wage jobs and the cost of housing and food in our region is among the highest in the nation. There are many youth who need LAYC’s help. Sometimes, it’s a connection to a program or person. Other times, what’s needed is more intensive and long lasting.
As you plan your year-end giving, please put LAYC on the top of your list! Your year-end donation makes it possible for LAYC to offer youth the support they need to reach their full potential and make a successful transition to adulthood 24 hours a day for 365 days a year.
Despite the roller-coaster ride of 2013, we are proud of our accomplishments. Much remains to be done. Many more youth desperately need our help. For every success story, and there are many, our waiting list grows. Your financial commitment will allow LAYC to continue to support the thousands of young people who are ready to succeed.
We can’t do this without you! I hope I can count on you – a committed friend of LAYC – to make a generous donation this holiday season.
Thank you for your continued belief in our work, and Feliz Año Nuevo,
President & CEO