The crazy first year of RFLB could not have ended on a higher note at our first ever Holiday Open House. Foster youth and former foster youth alongside our staff, volunteers and board members got creative with their tacky holiday outfits, masks were worn, prizes were won, gifts were given. The RFLB family room was filled with connection, care and laughter that seemed long overdue through COVID. The excellent hot chocolate and a VERY LARGE and VERY DELICIOUS variety of cookies homemade and donated by various Church for the Beach families made it feel especially cozy and joyful.
But overhearing the youth talk about how much fun they had amidst a time of year that can be especially sad and difficult for them was the best evidence of your loving care shining through. There's been so little that's felt clear in this last year, but for RFLB, these two things are abundantly clear: RFLB is doing the right thing at the right time, and we wouldn't be here without you.
As the year ends we want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude for this inspiring community. Thank you to our faithful and inspiring volunteer admin, mentors, tutors, pantry organizers, community partners, donors, board members and to our youth members- you are hope bringers and light shiners. It's an honor to walk beside each of you. Happy New Year!!