Stemilt Shares Gifts with Local Foster Children in Washington

Mon. December 28th, 2015 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

WENATCHEE, WA – For the third year running, Stemilt is honoring its tradition of giving back to local foster children for the holidays.

Employees and growers alike from the tree fruit company joined together to give 159 children in foster care in central Washington gifts from their holiday wish list. Stemilt also donated additional funds for prizes to give children during the annual foster care family holiday party.

“Our generous employees and growers were thrilled to help put a smile on the faces of nearly 160 local children this holiday season,” said Courtney Mathison, Chair of the Community Investment Committee, the organization that put together the donation effort.


These children, ranging in age from 0-18, are under the care of one of two organizations: Washington State’s Division of Child & Family Services in Wenatchee or the Community Resource Group of Wenatchee/Yakima. Both organizations were pleased and grateful for the support Stemilt has shown them during the holiday season.

“We have more children in foster care in central Washington to support this year, and the continued generosity of the Stemilt team to provide each one with one of their holiday wishes is an incredible blessing for our two organizations,” said Owens Barrios, Program Manager for the Community Resource Group.

Marie Scanlon, the Family to Family Program Consultant for Wenatchee’s Division of Children and Family Services, added: “[Stemilt’s] generosity helps provide a better Christmas experience for the kids and is a huge support to foster families.”

The holidays may have come and gone, but looking back, it’s great to see companies like Stemilt giving back as part of its yearly tradition.