In 2022, we have had no shortage of reasons to thank you, from your support of our first annual golf outing, to your donations and attendance at our Heart for Change gala and for a myriad of ways in between. Right now is no different. We have been humbled this holiday season by your generosity and willingness to help. You not only enabled us to fulfill the majority of our 17 Fellows’ wishlists (and those of their children) but also ensured that our Fellows’ children had car seats and Christmas decorations when they reached out because their home didn’t feel festive.
We are honored to be a part of your community. Thank you for embracing us always. You have made our holiday season, yet again.
On November 15th, the 8 billionth person on Earth was born. Eight billion. This milestone should make us pause to think not just about the quantity of people who are here but of how we treat each other and the land we ask to support us.
We don’t always succeed at doing what’s best. We don’t always give each other the support and grace needed to live a happy and rewarding life. We can do better.
There are countless examples of where better is needed across the globe, but one such example is youth in foster care in the United States. While best efforts are made to keep children safe and protect them, the system so often falls short. Young people can move from placement to placement and as a result school to school, support network to support network. They may not have the opportunity to feel steady, let alone safe. Once they age out of the system, all too often these young people are on their own. There are not a lot of safety nets in place to catch them.
At the R.J. Leonard Foundation, we strive to do better, to be one of those safety nets, but we also know that there is always room for improvement, especially with 8 billion people on Earth. As we look toward 2023, we commit to continuing to do what we can and to do better for ourselves, our communities, and our 8 billion neighbors.
The R.J. Leonard Foundation’s Holiday Wish Lists are live!
Help us make our Fellow’s holiday season a little merrier and a little brighter by gifting them and their children their wishes this year. You’ll see everything on those lists from the classic toys and video games to kitchen appliances and clothes to gift cards. And yes, we know gift cards aren’t always fun to give, but they are amazing to get! For many of our Fellows, those gift cards help them out with necessities but also give them the autonomy to buy the things they most want or even buy a gift for someone else.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support! Happy Holidays!