January 3, 2016 A Heartfelt Thank You to all who Shared the Spirit of Giving with YCC in 2015 Christmas is always a magical time of year for YCC Family Crisis Center’s clients and their staff. Each year YCC is able to help their low-income clients from the past year provide Christmas to their children. This year, 542 children had a very merry Christmas thanks to everyone from our wonderful community that helped with our Spirit of Giving program. Each sponsored child received a new outfit including coat, shirt, pants and shoes along with toys/items from their Christmas wish list. Funding is tight for YCC since the expansion of the shelter last year and the need was great. With your help, YCC was able to help 173 families this year. That was an increase of 23 families from last year. Toys were brought for specific children signed up through Spirit of Giving as well as for families that were seeking safe shelter just before the holiday. “There’s nothing sadder than for someone to come in on Christmas Eve and not have Christmas,” YCC Executive Director, Julee Smith said. One mother and her children lost everything after leaving an abusive relationship two days before Christmas. She said the looks on the faces of her children Christmas morning and the help she received from YCC is something she will never forget. “I know Christmas is not about the gifts, it’s about the love and wonderful kindness that touches others,” she told YCC staff in a thank you note. “That’s what our family will always remember. That’s what I hold close to my heart forever.” Touching notes like that have helped motivate a tireless staff and army of volunteers to pull off Spirit of Giving for the past 15 years. “When you see the need and the look in the eyes of the people that come here you just say, yes, we’ve got to make this happen,” Smith said. Because of the sheer volume of children who need help, YCC admits this program would not be a success without help from the public. “I believe in this community with all my heart. People step up and they make it happen,” Smith said. We would like to thank the following companies that “stepped up and helped to make it happen” this year: Altrusa International Foundation, Inc., Baker’s Diesel, Booth Dental, Cobble Creek Dental, Coldwell Banker, Community United Methodist Church, Costco, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, DISA, Encompass Home Health & Hospice, Family Counseling Service, Forest Green Ward’s Young Women, Fresenius Medical Care, Hug-Hes Inc., Kihomac, Inc., Larry H. Miller – Riverdale, Lexicon & Line LLC, Lindquist Mortuary/Great Western Insurance, Mountain Star Primary Care, MovieGrille, Ogden Clinic, Ogden 2nd District Court, Ogden Christian Church (OCC), Outsource Receivables, Overland West, Parker Hannifin, Pleasant View Dialysis, Pleasant View Lady Fitness, PricewaterhouseCoopers, R&O Construction, Reeve and Associates, Ridgeline Realty, Roy Pharmacy (pictured), RSI Construction & Contracting, Storm Products, T 38 AFLCMC/WLDM, The S4 Group, Total Quality Systems, Treeo Senior Living, Wadman Corp., Warrens Family Restaurant, Wasatch Peaks Credit Union, Wasatch Pharmacy, Wayfair.com, Wells Fargo, Williams Booster Club, Williams International, and Zions Bank Ogden Office. YCC and our clients had an amazing Christmas because of all of the help this wonderful community was willing to give!! A very heart felt Thank You and Happy New Year to all of you!! Community Support We could do not this without the help from our amazing community partners. We are so grateful for your support, donations and time. Thank you for everything that you do! Our good friends at the Lawrence T. and Janet T Dee Foundation have been so kind as to grant YCC $10,000.00 towards our Family Enrichment Programs to support education for victims of Domestic Violence and their children. Education is the key to changing someone’s life. Thank you so much for your continued support, your kindness and generosity that helps to save and change and so many lives. We are so grateful for our friends at the wonderful Dee Foundation. Boeing Employee’s Community Fund has once again been a great supporter of the YCC’c mission to provide counseling and educational classes to victims and their children. This wonderful grant for $5,000.00 will help pay for the salaries to continue our work to save and change lives. Thank you to all the employees at Boeing for their generosity! We are so grateful for a new supporter, US Bank Foundation. Thank you so much for considering us this year and providing $2,000.00 towards our general operations. This is always a very difficult area to obtain funding but always one of the most needed. That you for your insight and generosity to the YCC, your kindness and support is appreciated more than you know! YCC Family Crisis Center would like to thank In A Pikle for its generous donation to our Domestic Violence and Victim’s Assistance Center. On December 15th, In A Pikle donated 75 Pikle boxes to the center. Each Pikle box is a fashionable organizer containing a variety of items needed for emergency situations. Our clients love to receive Pikle boxes and YCC greatly appreciates the continuous support In A Pikle gives to our agency. We have an amazing community that comes together every year to make sure that everyone here at YCC eats well during the wonderful holiday season. Thank you to KAC Financial who donated turkeys during the Holidays to ensure our clients had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you to Autoliv for donating cases of turkeys annually for Thanksgiving and Christmas for our shelter as well as community clients. Costco, who continues to donate food and clothing to assist our clients deserves a big thank you. Genesis Project brought over food and sweets for the Holidays for our clients to enjoy. Lee’s Market comes once a week to bring over fresh baked breads to serve with the meals we provide for our clients. We know that we could not continue with our mission without all of the wonderful people that help us every day. You all hold a very special place in our hearts for your support, and we would like to thank you for everything you do. Weber State has been a valuable asset for YCC. Every year, hundreds of Weber State students help YCC with various projects and programs. Recently, Rachel Lowe, a Weber State student, reached out to YCC to see what she could do to help. Since the expansion of the shelter opened, we have more than doubled our shelter capacity and have had our shelter completely filled for the majority of the year. With the increase in residents, YCC was looking for ways to cut costs. Rachel was able to replace three grassy areas with river pebbles to not only cut water and maintenance costs, but to help YCC be more environmentally-friendly. Thank you to Rachel and everyone that helped her help us.