Many local residents joined the #Tuesday Giving movement this year, an effort to donate to organizations or causes during the holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as “a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.”
The Grier family donated to local non-profit Dark Horse Foundation. “I strongly believe in this cause because it helps fund underprivileged youth through sports opportunities they would otherwise not be able to participate,” said Grier. “I personally feel that all of my stronger personality traits that have helped me succeed as an adult have come from what I’ve learned through sports from age 5 into college. Sports teach you how to manage your time, how to lead, how to work with others, sacrifice, work ethic, and so many other qualities. I think every kid with or without financial freedom should have this opportunity.”
The Dark Horse Foundation is a 501(c)3 established to help kids realize the power of sports to succeed in the game of life. Dark Horse Foundation’s purpose is to provide children in need the opportunity to participate in organized sports programs and camps in order to gain valuable life experiences along with the physical and mental benefits that come with participation in sports. The goal is to develop the next generation of leaders by just giving the kids a chance to do what they love; play, compete, challenge themselves, and reach their full potential. More information about the Dark Horse Foundation can be found at https://new.delawarelive.com/ML/2018/10/16/dark-horse-assists-youth-in-sports/.
Suzanne Heritage-Madanat supported the annual mitten tree at Reformation Lutheran Church in Milford. The tree will be filled with mittens, each representing a needy or isolated local individual living in poverty throughout Milford and Sussex County. Those that feel they are in the position to give, simply remove a mitten from the tree and complete the information on the white mitten behind the yellow one and place the white one in the box. On the face of the yellow mitten, the gift request will be noted.
“It is a demographic that is not as much served as children, however they are in need too,” said Heritage-Madanat. “Many are living solely from their Social Security checks which does not provide adequate income. Some are isolated, as many of their family members have passed on. Just a visit from someone during the holidays is special.”
The Mitten Tree will run through December 16, 2018 at Reformation Lutheran Church, in Milford at 613 Lakeview Avenue, ending after the 11:00 am service. For more information families can contact the church at 302-422-9117.