Participants also had the opportunity to become bone marrow donors with Be The Match, which manages the world’s largest marrow registry, and to donate hair to the Locks for Love program that creates hair pieces for children suffering from medical hair loss. The last workstation encouraged volunteers to “Keep Serving Others” by challenging them to commit to service activities going forward.
This year’s Family Volunteer Night also served as the last such event Thomas and Hegstad will organize. As their children graduate and their families move on, they are recruiting others to take the lead in what has become an annual and inspirational tradition.
“It has been gratifying to see the students get excited about service and to show them that there are many ways to serve others,” Hegstad said. “We are hoping through this event service will become a habit for the students of LLA.”
By the numbers, participants in Family Volunteer Night have helped provide the following to those in need:
• 25,600 hygiene kits for the homeless through Helping Hands Pantry.
• 700 toys for San Bernardino children.
• 400 educational games for San Bernardino school children.
• 1,700 first aid kits for SACHS Clinics and Helping Hands Pantry.
• 2,350 soup mix bags filled for Helping Hands Pantry.
• 3,765 cards and delivery bags decorated for Meals on Wheels.
• 480 door hangars for Ronald McDonald House.
• 645 fleece blankets for homeless and needy families through UReach.
• 8,855 cat and dog toys, bandanas and blankets for the Humane Society.
• 10,500 cat and dog food bags packed for homeless and low-income pet owners through Paws to Feed.
• 1,480 paracord bracelets and 300 care packages for military members through Operation Gratitude.