We, here at the R. J. Leonard Foundation, are more than ready to say goodbye to 2020 but not without remembering the lessons learned throughout the year first. Looking back, we see that:
Here’s to 2021.
2020 has shown us time and time again just how generous our RJLF family of supporters is, and the holiday season has been no different. Since the launch of our Fellows’ wish lists in late November, our doorstep has been flooded with gifts – gifts that will be wrapped and delivered this week.
This means that our Fellows and their children will have magical holidays thanks to you!
We could not be more grateful.
On Sunday, December 6, our Fellows were treated to mini photoshoots with their loved ones at Masons Mill Park in Willow Grove.
Meghan Hughes of Meghan Renee Photography gifted all who were interested with the opportunity. She, along with our Fellows and their children, bundled (and masked) up for a cold and windy morning. Everyone was all smiles in front of and behind the camera, as Meghan captured the images. Those who participated will receive a printed 8 x 10, as well as digital files.
We know that our Fellows will love the pictures when they arrive and for years to come as they look back at this snapshot of their family in 2020.
Thank you Meghan!!!!
On December 10th from 11am – 8pm, we have the opportunity to earn money for the foundation with our very own Shop for a Cause Event! Please join me in a shopping trip to Busy Bee Toys at 58 E. State St. in downtown Doylestown.
How can you help? Bring your family and friends to this wonderful locally owned toy store and when you make a purchase, a percentage of your sale will come back to the RJ Leonard Foundation! All you have to do is mention that you are shopping for the foundation in store or add a note in the comments section of your online purchase. Easy Peasy! The more people that shop, the more money we will receive to use toward Scholarships for our Fellows. So please help make this a success and shop for OUR cause!
Don’t have children to shop for? No problem! Busy Bee Toys has great games and puzzle for adults! Or, you can even make a purchase for Toys for Tots and Busy Bee Toys will make sure the donation goes to the Marines and into the hands of a needy child!
Hope to see you there!
What do you do when you’re the sole caregiver to your young children and you’re not just diagnosed with COVID-19 but knocked down by its symptoms? How do you pay the bills? How do you take care of them? How do you take care of you?
The answer to these questions are easier for those with a network of people and a financial foundation they can rely on, but they’re impossible for others to answer.
At the R.J. Leonard Foundation, we work to help our Fellows build a network of individuals and resources they can turn to in times of need, so that when a global pandemic becomes a personal crisis, they aren’t alone.
Click here to learn more about the Foundation and how you can be a part of that network.
This year, the holidays look different. Crowded family parties are giving way to more intimate celebrations, as the COVID-19 numbers continue to climb throughout the country. For many - particularly parents - the pared down festivities mean a little extra where possible: perhaps a few more gifts, favorite desserts after dinners or new traditions that infuse an ounce more of magic into 2020.
However, that little bit of magic isn’t possible for everyone. For many, COVID-19 didn’t just lead to smaller gatherings. It resulted in job loss, reduced hours and other forms of financial instability. Many of our Fellows have seen their incomes reduce over the past 8 months with few signs that it will restore in full any time soon. For them, the holidays will be a reminder of the obstacles they continue to face.
But they don’t have to be. You can help infuse that little bit of magic into their days by helping us fulfill their wishlists. Click here to purchase a gift for a Fellow or their children, making the end of 2020 a little brighter.