By Brittany Carlson
On Dec. 3, Sleeping Baby will partner with the Pedro Martinez Foundation to help feed and encourage at-risk children in the Dominican Republic as part of the worldwide Giving Tuesday movement.
For every $30 customer order received on Dec. 3, Sleeping Baby will donate a meal and a toy for a child in need. The foundation will distribute the gifts at its annual Christmas party Dec. 13.
“We want to provide at least 200 kids in need with a meal and toy for Christmas” said Charles Chessher, Sleeping Baby Operations Director.
The global Giving Tuesday movement started in 2012 as a way for people and organizations to improve their communities by acts of kindness and generosity on the Tuesday following the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, according to givingtuesday.org.
Sleeping Baby leaders selected the Pedro Martinez Foundation as this year’s Giving Tuesday recipient because of the high impact the foundation has on youth and their families.
The Pedro Martinez Foundation works to help youth ages 6-12 who are at risk for abuse, teen pregnancy and crime by offering them education, healthy meals, and facilities to practice sports and the arts, according to pedromartinezfoundation.com. It was founded by Boston Red Sox pitching legend Pedro Martinez to help children in the neighborhood where he grew up, and to give them opportunities for growth and empowerment, the website states.
In the last 10 years, the foundation has served 215,000 meals, completed 5,000 medical evaluations, awarded 5,000 grants and scholarships, given clothing to more than 2,500 recipients and redirected 1,600 teens from pregnancy and drug abuse, according to the website.
Brittany Carlson is a lifelong lover of words and all things chocolate. She is an Army wife and has two sons, Adam (4) and James (2). She has written for several Army community newspapers, including the Stuttgart Citizen (Germany), Fort Leonard Wood Guidon (Missouri) and Fort Belvoir Eagle (Virginia). Brittany holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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