Employees and growers at Stemilt Growers Inc., brightened the holidays for 133 central Washington children in foster care.
The Wenatchee, Wash.-based grower-shipper’s community investment committee organized an effort to grant each child in the care of two organizations three holiday gift wishes.
This is the second year that Stemilt provided Christmas gifts for foster children through Washington State’s Division of Child & Family Services in Wenatchee and the Community Resource Group of Wenatchee/Yakima, Wash., Courtney Mathison, chair of Stemilt’s community investment committee, said in a news release.
“It’s incredible to see the response of the entire Stemilt team, and we are thankful for their generosity in fulfilling the wish lists of every child in foster care in our community this year,” Mathison said in the release.
Owens Barrios, Community Resource Group’s program manager, was speechless after seeing a room full of gifts ready to be shared with the foster children throughout central Washington, according to the release.
“It’s amazing,” she said in the release. “This is the first time I can recall that a single company was willing to take on the wish lists of all of the kids in foster care in central Washington. We are truly blessed to have people with giving hearts in our community. Our kids in foster care are blessed because of the Stemilt team’s kind spirit and this will certainly be a memorable holiday for each and every one of them.”
In other news, Stemilt recently provided a truckload of Piñata-branded apples for King 5 TV’s annual Home Team Harvest event that benefits Northwest Harvest and many area food banks.
The event raised enough to provide 4 million meals and the apples were part of an ongoing hunger relief partnership between Stemilt and Rotary First Harvest.