This Season, Stemilt Growers Plays Santa for Needy Children
- by Maggie Mead
WENATCHEE, WA - ‘Tis the season for philanthropy, or at least it is for Stemilt Growers. In a tremendous showing of Christmas spirit, the apple grower committed to answering the holiday wishes of local foster children for the sixth year in a row. Nearly 130 children in the Wenatchee Valley area received presents courtesy of the company, while 30 more children in the Yakima area were supported by Stemilt-partner Hansen Fruit. The lucky children are under the care of Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth and Families in Wenatchee, or the Community Resource Group of Wenatchee/Yakima, and range in age from 0 to 17.
“We’ve been granting holiday wishes for six years now, but I can’t begin to convey the feeling and excitement when I see that room full of gifts each December,” said President West Mathison in a press release. “Our team members and partners are incredible people and their generosity is going to help bring a smile to local children’s faces this holiday season. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
The children were greeted with a large conference room packed with gifts like dolls, games, bikes, as well as essential items like shoes and clothing, thanks to the dedicated team members of Stemilt and Hansen Fruit, according to Mathison.
Facilitated each year by Stemilt’s Community Investment Committee, the Christmas gift giving matches with the community pillar of the company’s giving back program. Not content to relegate charity to the holidays, throughout the year the company supports projects, organizations, and events that involve nutrition, education, and fitness and health.
We at AndNowUKnow applaud Stemilt's efforts and will keep you updated on further altruistic acts.