rbr giving tree 2017PHOTO: The collaborative efforts of the RBR SOURCE and BUC Backer Foundation provided specially requested gifts for 37 RBR families that would not have otherwise celebrated such a fortunate holiday. Pictured (left to right) are: SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller, Buc Backer President Claire Harbeck Izzo and, SOURCE Youth Development Specialist Lori Lopez with just a few of the gifts donated by the greater RBR community.

LITTLE SILVER, NJ - Like many school districts, the Red Bank Regional (RBR) community gears up for the holidays to help all those in needs from coat and food drives to gift buying for homeless families and unwanted pets. However, RBR, is also very sensitive to the needs within its own walls.  Ever since Super Storm Sandy struck and devastated so many RBR families, a partnership between the schools foundation, The BUC Backers, and it’s School Based Youth Services Program, the SOURCE, has joined forces to make the holidays merrier for those students who would ordinarily go without.

The Source which works to address the needs of these students all year round, identified 37 RBR families that could greatly benefit from this largess. Wish lists were created and then distributed with numerical identifications to protect everyone’s privacy. Social Media was employed to seek donations from the RBR greater community through the ease of a Sign-Up Genius. In all, over $5,000 in festively wrapped gifts or gift cards donated to bring holiday cheer to these RBR homes.

This year, BUC Backer president Claire Harbeck Izzo was able to simplify gift-giving from donors with the option of on-line purchases sent directly to her for distribution.  Additionally, she sought donations from the greater business community including MedForce.

Claire Harbeck Izzo states, “We love working together with the SOURCE and try to grow this program every year.”

SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller adds, “We are so appreciative of all our BUC Backer parents and staff in meeting the needs of our community during the holiday season.”