From a 5th grade class project at Level Creek Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Alannah Atkins (12) and her brother Quixote 'Cody' Atkins (9) have helped encourage and bring smiles to Atlanta, Georgia and Oakland, California, elderly home residents through the giving of gift baskets and bottles filled with toiletries and other needed items.
Through the unique combination of monetary contributions from non-profits such as, Life Enrichment Ministries, Inc.(Pastor Liza Hickman) and Jair Foundation, Inc., (Quiana Canada) participation from local businesses as well as toiletry contributions from local hotels, Alannah's family and church were able to serve the residence of Hightower Manor (Atlanta) and have additional resources to serve residence of E.E. Cleveland Manor (Oakland).
Each resident received a gift filled with toiletries, beanies, towels, words of encouragement and other items. Before distributing gifts, Alannah, local youth and other volunteers often dance, sing, provide spoken word and share love with residence. "I just want to bring smiles to the faces of seniors. So many seniors don't have anyone to check on them. I want them to know that we care and that they are important. I also, want other children to experience this joy of helping others," Alannah says with a smile (http://www.alannah.rocks).
Due to the generosity of many individual and corporate partners, the Atkins were able to take their "giving back" even further by contributing a portion of raised funds to help pay off over $1.5 Million in medical debt for individuals in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area (http://www.bottlesforlife.org/media).
"It is truly amazing what can be done when we work together for a common goal that helps others,” said Quixote Atkins, Alannah's Father.
For the third time, this Christmas Holiday Season Alannah and Cody will be having an amazing gift giveaway at Hightower Manor and invite you to be a part of this life changing giving event through your generous monetary contribution (http://www.bottlesforlife.org/give).
Learn more about volunteer and partnership opportunities by visiting www.bottlesforlife.org.