Continuing our annual tradition of supporting the County of Riverside’s “Snowman Banner” donation drive, volunteers from the Riverside Division dug deep into their pockets and gave from their hearts. Recipients receiving services from the Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health Department, submitted gift requests in the form of decorated snowflakes. This was the first year we received wish requests from an infant of 18 months old, and several requests from young adults 20 years old and older.
Wishes were simple this year. Gift cards, body sprays, makeup kits, and art supplies topped the list. One young lady requested a joke book or “anything funny” while a young man requested a backpack. Reading the wishes of so many young people in need can really put things into perspective, and the Riverside volunteers gave generously. It was my privilege to deliver the gifts to the donation site, and every time I do, I am struck by the genuine gratitude and heartfelt appreciation expressed by staff and volunteers coordinating the event.