Tis the Season for Holiday Giving

Give BigPosted on December 12th, 2017No Comments

Written By: Lauren Mireles, RP®

A core value at Yeske Buie, our team believes in giving our time and talent to our Clients, our local communities, the Financial Planning profession, and more. While we are intentional about Giving Big all year round, we find ourselves particularly inspired to give during the holiday season. This year, Elissa and Dave generously invited the team to select a handful of toys to be donated to local charities – the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program and the Fairfax County Police Department’s “Santa’s Ride” Toy Drive.

The Yeske Buie team says “Give Big!” while posing for a photo together to capture the memory of our holiday toy donation.

San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program

According to their website, “The San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program is the city’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2016, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Dependent solely on donations, the Toy Program places collection barrels at retail establishments, street fairs, Christmas parties and many other functions.” Members of our San Francisco team delivered our donations via a quick trip to the Mills Building Lobby where one of the collection barrels appears year after year. Financial Planning Resident, Ryan Rasmussen, helped hand-deliver the toys to the collection barrel and afterwards, he said of the experience, “It’s fun to imagine the joy my gift will bring to a child who otherwise might not receive a toy during the holiday season.”

The toys donated by the San Francisco team included a Golden State Warriors basketball, Star Wars LEGO set, Play-Doh, a teddy bear, and more. Assistant Financial Planner, Zach Bennedsen, shared the following story when asked why he chose to donate the LEGO set:  “I was a kid when the “prequel” Star Wars movies came out, and I remember how big of a deal they were. I also remember how much fun the LEGO Star Wars sets were – my favorite were the starships, so I decided to choose one from the new movies for the toy drive this year.” Dan Tripp, Financial Planning Resident in our San Francisco office, shared a similar, personal story as to why he chose the toys he donated: “I selected a spinner toy because I saw my nephew using one and it seemed to provide him with a lot of joy.  I picked the cuddly teddy bear because I think every child should have an opportunity to have a special stuffed animal in their lives.”

Mila, Ryan R, and Dorothy drop off the toys in the collection barrel in our office building.

Our toys help to fill up the collection barrel next to the beautifully decorated tree.

Fairfax County Police Department’s “Santa’s Ride” Toy Drive

A long-time tradition in Fairfax County, VA, the Town of Vienna Police Department collected toys for children in local hospitals as part of the “Santa’s Ride” toy drive. According to an article describing the event, “Once again this year, Santa will temporarily trade in his sleigh and reindeer for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and police escort. The deliveries will happen at INOVA Children’s Hospital Child – Life Services Center and the Georgetown Hospital Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Toys not given out during Santa’s visit are left with the Child Life programs at each hospital. Those toys are used throughout the year to provide the children something to keep their mind off being in the hospital.” Inspired by this act of kindness, members of our Vienna, VA team delivered our donations to the Town of Vienna Police Department to be included in this year’s donation. After dropping off the toys, Assistant Financial Planner, Ryan Klemm, shared that the toy drive is meaningful to him because, “it feels good to help ensure that a child is going to receive a present during the holiday season. I remember how special it was receiving gifts Christmas morning and I want to share that feeling with others.”

Cristin, Lauren M, Yusuf, and Ryan K drop off the toy in the collection box at the Vienna Police Department.

Ryan Klemm ensures all the team’s toys make it in the box for the children in our local hospitals.

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