Every year, nonprofits and other charitable organizations across the globe participate in Giving Tuesday–a day to give to the people and places that do impactful and inspiring work which gives back to our communities and environment and contribute to making our world better. This year, Giving Tuesday is on November 28.
LightHouse has participated in Giving Tuesday for several years now and are always grateful and humbled by the donations given to us by our community. Last year, for the first time ever, we chose our Little Learners program to be the recipient of all Giving Tuesday donations. The outpour of love and support we received for our brand-new program was tremendous, receiving just over $77,000 in donations! The impact of last year’s Giving Tuesday has been reflected in the expansion of resources we have been able to provide to families of blind, low vision and Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) babies and toddlers all across the state.
“My son, Maximiliano, has been seeing LightHouse Little Learner Specialist Kristi since he was 12 months old, and it has been such a blessing,” says Little Learners mom, Natali.
“He was diagnosed with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome (a rare neurological disorder) at 22 months, which consists of global developmental delays along with various medical complexities. Kristi would work with Max once a week at our home. She even attended an appointment with his pediatric ophthalmologist and advocated for his CVI diagnosis as he was getting ready to transition to the school district. Kristi also educated me and provided various resources to adequately choose the perfect glasses for Max, which has helped tremendously with him keeping them on. Max’s absolute favorite day of the month was playgroup that was put together by LightHouse Little Learners at a local library, which consisted of sensory, color pop, music and inclusiveness at its finest. I will forever be grateful for Kristi—her knowledge, her sweetness, her empowerment to advocate and her presence.”
This year, we are asking our community to help us exceed last year’s success and reach our goal of $80,000 for LightHouse Little Learners. Every gift received goes towards the education and empowerment of our Littles and their families, and our ability to expand our reach and serve more families in Northern and Central California. Stay tuned for more information about Giving Tuesday and how you can support our Little Learners on November 28!
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