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December News

By December 26, 2023
December is here, and we are already almost to Christmas! It’s our most exciting time of the year, and we are still basking in the afterglow of our two most significant events of 2023! We had a successful Community Thanksgiving Dinner last month, inviting members of nearby churches, families from our Academic Enrichment Center (AEC), and volunteers from our various programs to celebrate Thanksgiving. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal together, and the event’s highlight was Danza Colibri’s performance.

Earlier this month, we had our annual Christmas event – Sponsor-A-Family- held at Sequoia Church in partnership with many community organizations. Please keep reading the section below, which highlights this fantastic event and details what a blessing it is for everyone involved.

With just over two weeks left until the end of the year, we are working hard to wrap up things at our AEC program before Winter break. We appreciate all your donations that allow us to provide programs for our families and the North Fair Oaks community. We are blessed to inform you that a generous donor doubles any donation received in the next few weeks! We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve the North Fair Oaks Community for 16 years now, and we anticipate what 2024 will bring. Each year is filled with challenges & opportunities to serve our community in more extraordinary ways, and we look forward to all that can be accomplished with what God has given us.

Sponsor-A-Family

We had an incredibly successful Sponsor-A-Family event on December 9. Sixty volunteers of all ages came together to wrap presents, decorate, package gifts, bake treats, and shop family wish lists. We were able to bless roughly 200 individuals across more than 40 GU families through more than 30 sponsors. In addition, we had so many wonderful gifts, beauty products, and toys donated that we were able to bless even more families through The MultiCultural Institute. Special thanks to Sequoia Church for hosting and recruiting so many volunteers.

Christmas Recap

Please watch this fun recap video with scenes from our volunteer day and gift delivery day!

Family Spotlight

A new family joined our community recently as recent immigrants from Guatemala. Mom, Dad, and three little girls received the blessing of the year with clothes, toys, household goods, and so much more from a generous sponsor.

She said, “I know how hard it is to leave home and move to a new country, and I can’t imagine having to do it under any other circumstances other than for fun.
I want to be there for her and the kids.”

Thanks to our partnership with caring bilingual individuals and families, we can facilitate an ongoing relationship with this family to support them as they transition to life in the United States.

What a merry Christmas for all!

Mom said “We just arrived and this is our first Christmas here. I wasn’t expecting to have anything this Christmas and this is so wonderful!”

Yesterday (12/20), we wished a happy birthday to Crystal Tapelu. She has worked as a part of the Generations United team on and off for several years, taking us through pandemic after-school programs, summer camps, and more. Now, she serves as the Social Media Coordinator and Administrative Manager remotely from Samoa! Please join us in wishing her a blessed birthday!

Click her photo to send her a note.

Generous donors will match gifts at the end of 2023 and will go towards expanding the program offerings at GU. Business classes, AEC support, and additional staff are high on our wish list for 2024!
We are always accepting donations from our Amazon Wish List.

Thank you!!

We’d like to extend a BIG “THANK YOU” to all who joined us for our Thanksgiving meal last month. We enjoyed a beautiful time at the Fair Oaks Community Center with volunteers and families from our community.

As a small token of our gratitude, we put together a short video with some highlights from this year so far. Please take a moment to relive the moments from Easter, Mother’s Day, Summer, Fall Festival, Día de Los Muertos, Thanksgiving, and more.

WE ARE HIRING!!

We need a Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested or know someone who would be a good candidate, please send an email to jobs@generations-united.com

Up Ahead:

AEC Closed 12/22-1/8

View our AEC Calendar here