Cadet Alijah Curtis ’23 recently collected and donated more than $2,000 worth in Christmas gifts of toys and games for children living at the YWCA Canton Emergency Homeless Shelter. “When I arrived home for winter break, helping kids during the holidays was put on my heart,” Curtis said. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a blessing to others and I knew Ms. Shana would be able to help make my vision a reality.”
“I was deeply moved by Alijah’s desire to help those most in need during this holiday season,” YWCA Canton CEO Shana Smith said. “While Alijah could have spent his time connecting with friends and family, he chose to figure out how to give back to our community. “Without hesitation, our team immediately dropped what we were doing and turned toward helping Alijah carry out his heart’s desire. We are blessed to know that we have partners of all ages who are committed to helping the YWCA fulfill its mission.”
Curtis visited the YWCA on December 22 to receive wish lists for children living in the homeless shelter. With less than 48 hours before Christmas Eve, he had his work cut out for him. “I believe there is no such thing as a late blessing and thanks to my friends and family I was able to shop for and wrap each gift in less than 24 hours,” he said. In addition to toys and games, Curtis also bought clothing, diapers and food.
Among the 10 children receiving items, two are getting something a little more than gifts this Christmas. Read more.