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Community Newsletter | November 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at Rainbow Days, we wish you and your families a wonderful day full of delicious food, good company and special memories to last a lifetime.

On this holiday of thanks, gratitude and reflection, we are grateful for YOU and all you give to Rainbow Days and the children we serve: your kindness, your support and your caring heart.

Thank you for all you do. Keep reading to find out what we have going on at Rainbow Days!
Holiday Wish List:
GIVE HOPE this Christmas!
"The most wonderful time of the year" is just around the corner, and Rainbow Days needs your help to GIVE HOPE to at-risk and homeless children and youth this holiday season! We are seeking donations of toys and gifts to give to more than 1,000 kids we serve in schools and shelters this December.

Check out our official Amazon Wish List to purchase specifically requested gifts that will make the holidays brighter for the children and youth we serve! Items purchased through our Amazon Wish List will be shipped directly to our offices. (Tip: Make sure you select " Add Gift Receipt " at checkout so we can thank you for your donation! If you are unable to do so, please email KatyC@RainbowDays.org with your order details.)
If you would like to host a drive at your office or shop in the store of your choice, please check out our toy wish list flyer and drop off your donations of new toys and gifts to Rainbow Days' offices (8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite M1003, Dallas, TX 75206) no later than Thursday, Dec. 12 . For more information, please contact Communications & Development Specialist Katy Cornwall . Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness!
Saturday with Santa:
Last Call for Volunteers!
Saturday with Santa is less than three weeks away ! At this annual Christmas party for children and families experiencing homelessness , we anticipate serving more than 500 children , infants through adolescents, and their families residing in area shelters. We will provide them with a special day of family fun and holiday-themed activities, including a visit with Santa, lunch, carnival games, and arts and crafts. Each child will receive a stocking and a toy to brighten their holiday season, and parents will receive special gifts as well.
Although most of our day-of volunteer spots are full, we are still looking for a few more volunteers for pre-event setup on Friday, Dec. 13 . Additionally, we still need donations of 15 to 20 more stockings for elementary-aged children . Please contact Volunteer & Events Manager Sunni Roaten with questions or for more information.
Good Works Under 40:
Congrats to the Finalists!
On Nov. 6, we were so proud to attend the Good Works Under 40 awards ceremony and honor Rainbow Days' former board president Katie Anand , who was selected as a top-five finalist . This awards program, which is held by the Dallas Foundation, recognizes up-and-coming leaders under 40 in Dallas who are serving their community in wonderful ways.

Congratulations to Katie (second from left) -- and to the other four finalists! We are grateful for Katie's service and tremendous impact on Rainbow Days, the children we serve and our community.
Media Spotlight:
Dallas ISD + United Way
We are honored to be featured in a wonderful video for Dallas ISD's United Way employee giving campaign! This video shows how Rainbow Days' Family Connection team, in partnership with the Dallas ISD Homeless Education Program , serves children living in motels through an after-school program at Maple Lawn Elementary School .

Rainbow Days cherishes our continued partnerships with our wonderful friends at Dallas ISD , United Way and Maple Lawn ! Together, we can make a true difference in the lives and futures of children in our community!
Volunteer Shoutout:
YMSL - Castle Hills
A HUGE volunteer shoutout to our amazing friends from the Young Men's Service League (YMSL) Castle Hills chapter! Over three weekends in November, the chapter's members dedicated their time (and muscles) to Rainbow Days to completely reorganize our storage space -- both in our office and offsite!

We are incredibly grateful for the 105 volunteers -- including young men and their mothers -- for everything they did for Rainbow Days.
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