As someone who has worked and lived in Davis for the past 20 years, I know Davis residents to be unfailingly kind and generous to those in need. Our community astonished even me last week, however, when the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee needed a hand.
I contacted STEAC last Tuesday on behalf of the Davis Food Co-op to make sure that their holiday adoption program was covered for the season. Rather surprisingly, I learned that a record 88 families had not been adopted.
Since the Co-op had already adopted 25 families, I didn’t think we could cover the shortfall entirely by ourselves. With the kind permission of STEAC director Susan Simon, I turned to our friends for help.
And help we got! The Chamber of Commerce reworked its e-blast schedule to send out an immediate message; the Unitarians added a call for help to their newsletter; KDRT posted information on its web page; the Hallmark Inn, Davis Flea and Davis Music Fest promoted the need via social media; Dos Coyotes stepped up with a cash donation; and dozens of Davisites took the time to Facebook, call, email and shop.
Within 48 hours, every family was adopted and assured a little holiday cheer. And that, my friends, surely will make all of our holidays a little more cheerful, too.