We Weberites love giving back to the Seattle community – especially when our contributions help one of our favorite pro bono clients, Treehouse, provide back-to-school essentials to 1,063 King County youth in foster care.
Think back. We all remember the excitement – and nerves – that surround the first the day of school.
Will I like my teachers and classes?
Will I have the perfect back-to-school outfit?
Will I be part of the “cool crowd” this year?
That’s why our office decided to participate in Treehouse’s Back to School Campaign. It was extremely fulfilling to give back to kids who are not only going through the common back-to-school jitters we all once experienced, but who are also facing the added challenges of moving to a new home, finding their way in a new school and fitting in with new kids.
The Treehouse Back to School Campaign also gave us the chance to make our donations personal. Weber staff were invited to choose a unique back-to-school wish from a collection of Treehouse wishes that were hung in our kitchen. Boys asked for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpacks and hoodies, while girls wished for glitter-embellished tops and jean jackets. We had the chance to select whatever Treehouse youth wish inspired us, providing a special added connection to the cause.
This year’s Back to School Campaign results are in, and we’re happy to report the program saw record-breaking success! Check out these impressive overall results:
- 21,001 clothes items distributed (or 5 outfits per kid!)
- 903 backpacks distributed
- 14,531 school supplies distributed
- 2,455 books distributed
But as you can imagine, the need doesn’t stop after back-to-school time. Treehouse youth are supported throughout the year at the Wearhouse – a free store where youth can shop for high-quality new and like-new clothing, shoes, school supplies, toys, books and other essentials up to six times per year.
If we’ve inspired to you also donate, here are the current needs:
Teen Guys (Nike, graphic t-shirts and straight leg jeans are popular)
- Zip-up Hooded Sweatshirts (Sizes: S-XXL)
- Graphic T-shirts (Sizes: S-XXL)
- Rain Coats (Sizes: S-XXL)
- Dark Jeans (Sizes: 32-3 Waist)
Child Boys (sports & superhero hoodies are popular)
- Hooded sweatshirts (Sizes 6-20)
- Athletic Pants (Sizes: 6-20)
- Graphic T-shirts (Sizes: 6-20)
- Dark Jeans (Sizes: 6-20)
You can drop off donations at the Wearhouse in the Treehouse building (2100 24th Avenue South, Suite 200, in Seattle) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on Saturday by making an appointment. For more information about Treehouse’s programs, visit www.treehouseforkids.org.
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