December 2, 2019
For the second year in a row, a donation of more than two dozen gift baskets is helping the RPC ease the holiday burden on several families involved with its Early Childhood Education Program. Assembled and delivered to the RPC by representatives of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign, the baskets are filled with holiday staples like stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, piecrusts, marshmallows, brown sugar, and corn muffin mix.
Irene Weathersby, the RPC’s Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, secured the donation through Kristen Long with RE/MAX. The RPC delivered the 25 baskets prior to Thanksgiving to some of the families who have children involved with Head Start, which is administered through the Early Childhood Education Program.
Long, along with Theresa Kamerer, Marty Carlson, and Karen Barr of RE/MAX Realty Associates, worked to collect the items for the baskets. The baskets were then assembled at their office and delivered to the RPC on Wednesday, November 20. “We are thrilled to continue this relationship with the RPC and hopefully help make the holiday season a little better for some deserving families in our community,” Long says. “This year, not only will the items be useful for preparing a Thanksgiving dinner, but for preparing a few other meals, as well.”
“I am so excited that we have established this great relationship and collaborative effort with RE/MAX Realty Associates,” Weathersby comments. “Gifting some of our families with Thanksgiving gift baskets demonstrates RE/MAX’s amazing generosity, and we can’t thank them enough.”
In addition to the baskets, RE/MAX is providing dozens of mittens, gloves, and hats to the children in the Early Childhood Education Program. These items will be kept at each of the RPC’s Early Childhood Education Centers in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and Rantoul so that the children have appropriate winter wear for outside activities.
The RPC’s Early Childhood Education Program serves over 650 families in Champaign County. The program has been providing a comprehensive early learning experience for at-risk children and families in the community since the RPC took over administration of Head Start in Champaign County in 1985.