At Step2, we enjoy giving back to the community, especially during the holidays. This joyful season we donated toys to the Holiday Toy Room at the Summit County Children’s Services in Akon, Ohio. The Summit County Children Services is an adoption agency that is committed to the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the community. Their powerful mission also inspired us to donate $1000 to their work in helping families of foster children in the Summit County area.
The Holiday Toy Room looks like a toy store where foster parents, client families and caregivers can “shop” for toys. What’s so wonderful about this store is that all the toys are available at no cost to eligible families. This toy store is run by volunteers that are determined to make the holiday season special for children of the community. Step2 is proud and honored to donate toys to such a worthy cause!
Step2 employees presenting Summit County Children’s Services with the donated toys.
This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Summit County Children’s Services and their volunteers for their generosity and hard work to put a smile on the faces of the kiddos they help.
Acts of generosity come in all shapes and sizes. Five-year-old Jayla from Virginia Beach is helping the homeless by providing them with her bags of kindness, full of toiletries, snacks, and items that the less fortunate may not have since they don’t have a permanent home.
Jayla not only fills the bags with essentials like soap, toothpaste and deodorant, she also fills them with love. Each bag is decorated and says “Jayla’s Little Helping Hands.” She hand delivers these specials bags to kids at a shelter in her town.
This Thoughtful Thursday we admire Jayla’s big heart and her desire to give to those in need.
An unknown author once said, “Sisters are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.” This quote describes the remarkable bond between sisters, Hannah and Natalie perfectly. When five-year-old Natalie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia two years ago, her seven-year-old sister, Hannah was right by her side as her support system.
Natalie is currently finishing up her chemotherapy treatment and the cancer is in remission. To remind Natalie how much she is loved and supported, Hannah decided to donate her hair to Wigs for Kids at the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Shave for a Cure” in New York. She wanted to inspire kids with cancer to be brave as they battle this illness, just like Natalie was. Even when Hannah and Natalie’s parents were worried about what classmates would say about their daughter’s shaved head, Hannah didn’t care because she has always believed she is beautiful just the way she is.