Individual donors throughout Lane County showed their endless generosity through a staggering amount of Giving Tree gift donations made in the past few weeks. All tolled, gift packages donated to Looking Glass Giving Trees exceeded 600 from a variety of locations in Eugene and Springfield and the items ranges from socks and coats to cat t-shirts and bikes and everything in between. In a highly unscientific calculation, conservatively estimating each gift valued at at least $50 (plus several gift cards and some cash and checks), the total donated amount exceed $35,000 (in value of packaged items).
Looking Glass Giving Trees are up at 15 locations across Eugene and Springfield. Help a youth working to overcome life challenges by getting them a gift for the holidays. Gift wishes range from socks to coats to toys. We also have a Giving Tree cash donation fund and a generous donor match offered from Ron & Marcy Sexton and Primary Residential Mortgage.
Oregon Community Credit Union’s Employee Community Giving Fund Committee donated $1,000 to Looking Glass to provide assistance with purchase of some much needed items for programs at Station 7 and Riverfront School. Items purchased included various cookware, pots and pans, plates and bowls and more as well as some newborn baby clothes purchased for Riverfront School clients who are expecting newborn babies in the coming year.
For this year’s #GivingTuesday (Nov 27) campaign, Looking Glass was offered a generous matching donation opportunity from the Eugene Coastal Farm & Ranch of $1,000. With hopes of raising another $1,000 from local, individual donors, we have created a special online donation page which describes the impact of various giving levels. These funds will be used to purchase new winter clothing and items as part of our winter donation drive efforts.
On Wednesday, November 14th, Looking Glass held its 6th annual breakfast fundraiser event which focused almost entirely on supporting the Runaway & Homeless Youth services program. The event, held at Venue 252 in Eugene, featured Mary Reilly as our Emcee and Keynote speaker as well as a new video from a client success story.
The Outreach Team is the lifeblood of the Runaway & Homeless Youth program at Looking Glass Community Services. This team of dedicated and caring individuals is on the front lines in our fight to end youth homelessness. November is National Runaway Prevention Month and Looking Glass is joining that effort to shine a light on the challenges that homeless youth face in our area.