OrganizerMaria X. Martinez email@example.com
PresenterSF Mission Educational Center Elementary
The warmth and generosity of people like you made our 2018 Regalitos so successful that we're making it an annual holiday event.
Last year, we raised enough funds to bring over-the-moon joy to 184 newcomer pre-K to 5th grade students. We bought toys from their wish-list, a jacket, a pair of shoes, and a Target card for their parents. Volunteers bought, wrapped, and delivered the gifts with "Santa" and we hosted their holiday party. (To see our 2018 GFM page, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/Regalitos-Immigrant-ChildrenSF)
You should have seen the happiness in the parent's faces as their witnessed their children screaming with joy! We volunteers were moved to tears seeing how deeply your generosity touched the children, their parents, their teachers, and the staff of the Mission Education Center.
We start this year with 157 children and expect to grow to 200. Families torn apart at the border who have been lucky enough to be reunited are being forced to relocate to cities not necessarily of their choice. Some of these families have been displaced to San Francisco; they are new, without support, not-yet connected to resources, have no jobs, are doubled-up in single rooms and arrive seriously traumatized.
Their younger children are enrolled in San Francisco’s Unified School District’s Mission Education Center, a K-5 elementary school for newly-arrived Spanish-speaking immigrant students. This transitional program helps the newcomer students achieve the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in regular schools to which they will transfer at the end of one year.
We expect 200 children will fill the 10 classrooms this year.
Thank you so much for your generosity!