The vision of My Purple Umbrella is safe, inclusive environments for gender diverse youth and their families. As a Tacoma Public Schools community partner, we are reaching out to you to help us support students in need. Many of the families we support rely on services and programs their children receive through their school.

For many youth and their families’ schools provide a significant source of safety and resources especially around access to food. Long breaks can cut children off from knowing where breakfast and lunch are coming from. There is a huge stigma attached to students and families around access to food. When this support comes into question stress and anxiety increases for them.

School staff work creatively and tirelessly to meet the needs of their students daily. They are acutely aware of student needs, barriers, and lack of access within their school community. When considering how to give back this holiday season, consider donating to a local school. Call and ask if there is a donation drive and how you can get involved. A school reflects the pulse of a community.

Items schools are always looking for:

  • Shoes
  • Backpacks
  • Coats
  • Grocery store gift cards, in $10.00 increments (Fred Meyer’s allows families to buy food, gas, clothes, and/or household needs)
  • Food donations for the school to have on hand; granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, oatmeal packets, trail mix

One way that food needs are met in most schools is through a backpack program. It’s a program to help support those who otherwise might not have enough food to feed their families during the weekends. Many, living in poverty, rely on the free breakfast/lunch program to feed their kids during the school day. Food scarcity increases for these families during weekends, holidays, long breaks and over the summer. Schools partner with community organizations to supply food. One intent of this type of program is to reduce stigma for families in need.  These are programs you could support throughout the school year by donating non-perishable items. 

  • Cans of tuna or chicken
  • Boxed pastas like macaroni and Hamburger Helper
  • Chili
  • Bean soups
  • Rice mixes
  • Protein bars

In Tacoma, here are some school drives to consider supporting.

Bryant Montessori: PreK-8  
“We are running a Gift Card Drive at Bryant running today-15th.  Gift Cards of any amount to anywhere is what we are hoping to receive :).  Gas Gift Cards, Grocery Store Cards, Pierce Transit Metro Cards, and places where clothing can be purchases in particular.  Items can be addressed to Jenna Buswell (Family Engagement Liaison) and sent or brought to Bryant Montessori.

We will also be kicking off a Winter Warmth Drive in January and particularly we are hoping to receive new warm hats and gloves along with new children’s coats in ALL sizes.”

Lincoln High School
“Our focus is very kid centered. We are collecting gift cards for students to have a safe place to be and things to do during winter break. Places where they can hang out and buy food is even better. Items can be addressed to Jake Clausen (school counselor).”

  • Movie theater
  • Ice skating rinks (Point Ruston or Sprinker)
  • Starbucks
  • Subway, Taco Time, etc. 
  • Bowling alleys; Pacific Lanes, Tower Lane, Narrows Lane
  • LeMay Car Museum

(Please keep location and transportation in mind)

Stewart Middle School
“We are giving out small gifts, winter wear, and food for families this holiday season. We have 80% of our families living below the poverty line. Including approximately 30 families experiencing homelessness or living in transition. These are the families we are looking to serve. We will make small gift packages for our families, and let students pick items for family members, as well.

If you would like to help, we would love, love, LOVE the following donations.

  • Winter accessories: hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
  • Hygiene items: soaps, perfumes, nail kits, make-up, etc.
  • Small gifts: ear buds (frequently used for testing), cool socks, small games, books, etc.
  • Non-perishable food items

Our kids are awesome and by helping meet their needs we are helping them grow into awesome adults and community members! Items can be addressed to and sent, or dropped off at Stewart, to Lauren Noble (school counselor).”

When donating, gift only what you would give your child or loved one. Let dignity be the center of how and why you give. Miriam Barnett, the CEO of the YWCA of Pierce County, compels us to consider our impact verses our intent when giving, in her powerful TED Talk. “Something is not better than nothing.”

 

Now more than ever, it is up to us to take care of our neighbors and invest in our own community. Your generosity will have a lasting impact. Give where your heart lives.

Please have any holiday donations delivered by December 14, 2017 to allow time to distribute them to students.

The vision of My Purple Umbrella is safe, inclusive environments for gender diverse youth and their families. As a Tacoma Public Schools community partner, we are reaching out to you to help us support students in need. Many of the families we support rely on services and programs their children receive through their school.

For many youth and their families’ schools provide a significant source of safety and resources especially around access to food. Long breaks can cut children off from knowing where breakfast and lunch are coming from. There is a huge stigma attached to students and families around access to food. When this support comes into question stress and anxiety increases for them.

School staff work creatively and tirelessly to meet the needs of their students daily. They are acutely aware of student needs, barriers, and lack of access within their school community. When considering how to give back this holiday season, consider donating to a local school. Call and ask if there is a donation drive and how you can get involved. A school reflects the pulse of a community.

Items schools are always looking for:

  • Shoes
  • Backpacks
  • Coats
  • Grocery store gift cards, in $10.00 increments (Fred Meyer’s allows families to buy food, gas, clothes, and/or household needs)
  • Food donations for the school to have on hand; granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, oatmeal packets, trail mix

One way that food needs are met in most schools is through a backpack program. It’s a program to help support those who otherwise might not have enough food to feed their families during the weekends. Many, living in poverty, rely on the free breakfast/lunch program to feed their kids during the school day. Food scarcity increases for these families during weekends, holidays, long breaks and over the summer. Schools partner with community organizations to supply food. One intent of this type of program is to reduce stigma for families in need.  These are programs you could support throughout the school year by donating non-perishable items. 

  • Cans of tuna or chicken
  • Boxed pastas like macaroni and Hamburger Helper
  • Chili
  • Bean soups
  • Rice mixes
  • Protein bars

In Tacoma, here are some school drives to consider supporting.

Bryant Montessori: PreK-8  
“We are running a Gift Card Drive at Bryant running today-15th.  Gift Cards of any amount to anywhere is what we are hoping to receive :).  Gas Gift Cards, Grocery Store Cards, Pierce Transit Metro Cards, and places where clothing can be purchases in particular.  Items can be addressed to Jenna Buswell (Family Engagement Liaison) and sent or brought to Bryant Montessori.

We will also be kicking off a Winter Warmth Drive in January and particularly we are hoping to receive new warm hats and gloves along with new children’s coats in ALL sizes.”

Lincoln High School
“Our focus is very kid centered. We are collecting gift cards for students to have a safe place to be and things to do during winter break. Places where they can hang out and buy food is even better. Items can be addressed to Jake Clausen (school counselor).”

  • Movie theater
  • Ice skating rinks (Point Ruston or Sprinker)
  • Starbucks
  • Subway, Taco Time, etc. 
  • Bowling alleys; Pacific Lanes, Tower Lane, Narrows Lane
  • LeMay Car Museum

(Please keep location and transportation in mind)

Stewart Middle School
“We are giving out small gifts, winter wear, and food for families this holiday season. We have 80% of our families living below the poverty line. Including approximately 30 families experiencing homelessness or living in transition. These are the families we are looking to serve. We will make small gift packages for our families, and let students pick items for family members, as well.

If you would like to help, we would love, love, LOVE the following donations.

  • Winter accessories: hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
  • Hygiene items: soaps, perfumes, nail kits, make-up, etc.
  • Small gifts: ear buds (frequently used for testing), cool socks, small games, books, etc.
  • Non-perishable food items

Our kids are awesome and by helping meet their needs we are helping them grow into awesome adults and community members! Items can be addressed to and sent, or dropped off at Stewart, to Lauren Noble (school counselor).”

When donating, gift only what you would give your child or loved one. Let dignity be the center of how and why you give. Miriam Barnett, the CEO of the YWCA of Pierce County, compels us to consider our impact verses our intent when giving, in her powerful TED Talk. “Something is not better than nothing.”

Now more than ever, it is up to us to take care of our neighbors and invest in our own community. Your generosity will have a lasting impact. Give where your heart lives.

Please have any holiday donations delivered by December 14, 2017 to allow time to distribute them to students.

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