Spreading Holiday Cheer via Adopt-A-Family
by Ariana Frankel ’18
This year, the Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA) worked with The Bill Wilson Center—an organization that helps thousands of Santa Clara County children and families in need—to sponsor a child in its Adopt-a-Family holiday giving program. The program connects organizations such as the RSSA to children and families in Santa Clara County in need of holiday cheer.
The RSSA was matched with a 19-year-old girl named Christina who works to support her younger siblings while also attending community college. We decided to host a bake sale to raise money toward Christina’s holiday gifts in addition to collecting donations from members of our program and community.
RSSA truly came together. We were able to raise an incredible amount of $570. The generosity of staff, students, family, and community members is truly astounding, and I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful organization.
Handcrafting Blankets to Brighten the Holidays Spreading Holiday Cheer via Adopt-A-Family
by Emily Machado ’17
In the spirit of the approaching holidays, Retail Studies students gathered around a table overflowing with chicken wings, avocado rolls, and pizookies to fuel up for the blanket making to come.
We layered corresponding pieces of fleece and formed a circle to begin slicing and tying away. Throughout the process of devouring bottomless snacks, we completed four cozy, ready-to-go blankets.
Our handcrafted work has found a home at Next Door Solutions in San Jose. The organization provides counseling, shelter, and other supportive services for women and children in Santa Clara County. Next Door Solutions imparts invaluable assistance to our local community and we are thrilled to be able to contribute in such a meaningful way. We are looking forward to working with Next Door and other local organizations in the future to better the Santa Clara community.