Helping local children in need

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The Mary Lyon Foundation responds quickly when local children are in need.

A recent house fire in West County, for example, left the children in that home with only the clothes they were wearing at the time of the fire. Within 48 hours, their family had a $500 voucher for new clothing to be purchased at Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield. The children received brand new clothes, and the invoice for those items (offered at a deep discount by Wilson’s) went directly to the Mary Lyon Foundation. The family did not have to worry about how or when to pay.

The money for the voucher came from our Harper Gerry Student Assistance Fund. Named in honor of a local postmaster who generously supported youth activities, this fund allows the Mary Lyon Foundation to provide a wide range of services and goods for local children in need.

In the past year, thousands of dollars from this fund paid for such basic necessities as food, clothing, medical prescriptions, eyeglasses and eye exams for children. Our staff and volunteers spent countless hours coordinating the donation and delivery of these items across West County.

In order to continue and expand this work, which directly improves the lives of children in our community, we need your help.

Valley Gives — an annual day of philanthropy in support of local nonprofits — is coming up on Thursday, December 12. Will you please make a gift to the Mary Lyon Foundation on that day? To learn more about Valley Gives and how to make your gift that day, please see click here.

Thank you in advance for supporting our local children!

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