TEL HI’s Infant, Toddler & Preschool Families Help Pay It Forward During the Holiday Season
January 9, 2019
This winter, the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center’s (TEL HI) Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) collected toys to bring to the children and families at The Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco located in the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
TEL HI serves a diverse population of families and individuals from all over the City. During the holiday season, TEL HI is fortunate to be able to partner with organizations who provide gifts to our children to ensure all the kids in our programs will have a present to open-regardless of their socioeconomic status. This year, some of the families in TEL HI’s infant, toddler and preschool programs wanted to pay this generosity forward!
A toy drive was set up so that families who had the means could donate new toys to children and their families who were spending the holidays in San Francisco hospitals. On Thursday, January 3, 2019 TEL HI’s PAC Vice President, Sarah Lappas, along with TEL HI’s Director of Early Childhood Education, Connie Luu, Enrollment Specialist, Luisa Balatbat and preschool teacher Cecilia “CeCe” Mai took eight bags of toys to The Ronald McDonald House to be distributed to the children and families who rely on their services.
The Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco, Inc. (RMH) provides a haven for critically ill children and their families. They offer a home away from home, home-cooked meals and supportive services for families while their children receive specialized medical treatment in San Francisco hospitals. Families can stay at RMH from days to weeks to months, depending on their child’s treatment. Over 27,000 family members are served annually through these programs, which include services for the siblings of sick children as well.
The gifts will help to spread a little joy to other families in our City during their time of need. TEL HI’s PAC did a wonderful job paying forward the generosity TEL HI receives while also helping to teach some of our children about giving back and supporting others less fortunate than them during the holidays.