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Palo Alto family issues $100,000 challenge

Original post made on Dec 7, 2012

A local family has made a $100,000 donation to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund for the second year in a row, in hopes of inspiring other donors to join them in supporting local programs for kids and families. ==B Related stories:==
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Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 7, 2012, 8:16 AM


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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Dec 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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Thanks to the family making the donation.

This is an awesome gift to those in need.

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Posted by Wishitwasme
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Wish I had the funds to be a le to do that! But it IS good to see SOMEONE giving back!

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Posted by Mom by Gunn
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 12, 2012 at 2:42 am

Maybe it's because of embarrassment or pride combination, but I knew of boys who grew up in the Palo Alto school district, unable to attend many functions, sometimes not able to pay for items like their school pictures, yearbooks, even lunches, gym clothes, etc.
Besides school, some boys were invited to a local church and told by their friends mother to go home and be sure to wear a white collared shirt and nice shoes....they didn't own a white collared shirt, tie, nor did they have any other shoes than the nice tennis shoes that they went through as they were growing up. (They did not return to their friends house.)
I am wondering if there is somewhere other kids like them could go without feeling looked down upon, ridiculed, given the "oh poor you" attitude of sympathy~ worse yet, to be looked up and down with peering eyes and judgmental snickering...
The few families were quiet about their single families situation, they did the best they could with what they had and actually had to have. They were fortunate that they didn't end up in juvenile hall for the few times they went into the movies through a side door....
There should be some place started and available for young kids to go to for incognito type of help. This money donated should not all go for administration purposes...I think it's wonderful that there are still a fortunate few in our town who have big hearts and care about the community. Please try to administer the helping hand where it is really needed....