At their meeting in early November the youth came up with the idea of a “Sox in a Box” donation drive. Students created large boxes and made arrangements to have the boxes delivered to local Riverview District school buildings with a request for students to bring in socks and gloves which would then be donated to YouthCare in Seattle.
YouthCare is an organization with a goal of helping to get homeless youths off of the streets and to prepare for life, with programs supporting outreach and basic needs, education, employment training and exploitation recovery.
After hearing of the many boxes of socks and gloves coming in for donation, a spokesperson from the organization stated that they were very touched to receive the many needed items the youth council had collected in their community.
The Riverview Youth Council and its counterpart the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Council are made up of local valley teens with a mission to create and support healthy, fun and substance free activities for all teens all year long. Their outreach programs/events range from creating “battle of the band” type concerts to “haunted Halloween tours” and participating in community leadership events sharing their voice and their experiences of “growing up in the valley.”
The youth councils were created through the Snoqualmie Valley Network under the leadership of Laura Smith.
Laura shares her experience with these innovative and inspiring teens: “The teens saw an opportunity to help and, as always, were pleased and thankful for the generous donations from the many families in our valley.”
To lend your support to YouthCare, please log on to their website at: www.youthcare.org. Be sure to check out their “wish list” and the many ways in which your support can benefit these local teens in need.