When traditional hands-on community service was put on hiatus, the sixth grade class at Christ Church Day School, composed of just three students this year, found other ways to meaningfully give back. The girls decided to reallocate the funds they had raised for their cancelled Washington DC trip to area charities in need. The class spent time researching local organizations to assess their needs, preparing presentations, and writing letters to the selected organizations. Each girl hand-delivered her $537 share of the funds to the organization of her choice. The beneficiaries of their efforts were the San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego Humane Society, and Rady Children’s Hospital.
Sydney Taylor was inspired to donate to the San Diego Rescue Mission after she toured the facility last year with her Girl Scout troop who had held a clothing drive for the residents. The troop also had an opportunity to carol for some of the women and children as they were admitted one evening during the holiday season . “I was emotionally impacted by all I saw and learned. I particularly remember the rows of bunk beds for women and children,” said Sydney.
Her decision to donate to the San Diego Rescue Mission was reinforced when she did a little research and discovered that COVID-19 has increased the facility’s demand for hygiene products and food, and hopes that with her donation they can purchase these items to help others get back up on their feet. While San Diego is the eighth largest city in the U.S., it has the fourth largest homeless population. The San Diego Rescue Mission is the only facility in San Diego that provides emergency overnight services to women and children. Sydney’s donation was doubled during the San Diego Rescue Mission’s special May campaign.
Kylie Peterson chose to donate her funds to Rady Children’s Hospital to support their mission: “To restore, sustain, and enhance the health and developmental potential of children through excellence in care, education, research and advocacy.” Rady Children’s is very close to Kylie. At just ten days old and 4.5 pounds, Kylie was in the hospital’s PICU department for two weeks with a respiratory virus. She also had her adenoids removed at the age of eight. Over the past two years Kylie has volunteered several times with Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, helping the Coronado unit prepare for the annual Turkey Trot. She has requested the money be allocated to the pediatric clinical research center and genomic medicine departments.
Jordanne Peterson has loved animals her entire life and decided to donate the funds to a place she feels very passionate about, the San Diego Humane Society. Jordanne has spent many hours this past year making cozy fleece beds for the cats and dogs during their stay at the facility. She has grown up reading books on animals, and while researching for this effort, Jordanne realized that she had enjoyed two books written by the San Diego Humane Society’s President and CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman. Jordanne purchased these books published by National Geographic at her school’s Scholastic Book Fair. She hopes the funds help keep the animals fed and healthy during this pandemic.
The sixth grade class at Christ Church Day School had the once in a lifetime opportunity of having just three students, who are also good friends, in class this year. Sydney and her family are looking forward to moving to Kansas this summer, where she will attend middle school. Kylie and her twin sister Jordanne are excited to attend seventh grade at La Jolla Country Day School next year.