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Event Connection Leads to Holiday Donation Program - Making the holidays brighter for local families

01/25/2019 By Alanna Woody

Event Connection Leads to Holiday Donation Program - Making the holidays brighter for local families

This past fall, the IU13 Job Training Program participated in Manufacturing Day – an event committed to sending students on manufacturing tours and/or conducting in-class activities focused on manufacturing. Little did the staff know that they’d make a powerful connection with local professionals who would dedicate time and resources to help IU13 families in need.

While participating in Manufacturing Day, IU13 staff became linked with Jesse Steffy and Janel Cross from the Align Wealth Strategies Group (Align). Not long after the event, members of the Align team contacted IU13, again, asking what they could do to help a few families during the holidays. And with that, three local families received some very special holiday presents compliments of Align.

In collaboration with IU13 Social Workers, three local families were selected to receive $500 worth of presents (based on their identified needs), along with $150 worth of food. Members of the Align team even handpicked, wrapped, and delivered the items, bringing joy to the families. Through this generous donation by Align, three (3) local families had a brighter holiday and food on their tables!

“You just never know when or where you’ll meet someone who truly cares and wants to ‘pay it forward’ for others, such as the staff at Align,” stated Doreen Unton, Job Training Services Coordinator for IU13. “Their support to our families in need is very much appreciated. We can make a difference by working together.