Our Most Pressing Need Is Scholarships For Families like China

China Patrick and her family started at Orlando Day in October of 2016. She has four children Jayvene, Isaac, Patience and Malachi. Her oldest, Jayvene, started at Orlando Day when he was 4 years old and is now 6 years old in elementary school. Isaac started when he was two and is now 3 years old in our Preschool program, Patience started as an infant and is now 2 years old in our Early Preschool program and Malachi started as an infant as well and is now 1 year old in our Toddler program. All three children are currently receiving a scholarship.

When China and her family started at Orlando Day, they were homeless and living at the Coalition for the Homeless. After a few months of being at Orlando Day, China obtained a job at Burger King and was able to move out of the Coalition and into an apartment with her children. She is currently working at another restaurant for minimum wage and is attending school part time. China’s main obligation is to provide for her children and she is beyond grateful that Orlando Day Nursery has provided support for her to be able to continue on her path to success as a single mother. When asked what Orlando Day means to her, China stated, “Orlando Day means everything to me. I would not be able to do it without you. You not only support my children but you support me as well.”

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Ways To Support Us

Good Donations

From time to time, people ask about donating used goods. While we greatly appreciate the thought, it is often not practical for us to receive such items.

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USED BOOKS

When we receive books, we have to have a staff person go through them to assure that they are culturally relevant and reflect the values of our School Family. We are also limited on storage space so, having multiple copies of each book can cause a challenge.

CLOTHING

Storage space is always a challenge in early childhood programs. In fact, we pay to rent storage space so that our classrooms can rotate furniture and materials. While we do occasionally see needs for clothing, we just don’t have the space to store items until a need arises. When we need clothing, we post the needed item along with the size on our Facebook page.

CAR SEATS

Due to concerns related to recalls and expiration dates, we cannot accept used car seats. We also are unable to determine if seats have been involved in an accident.

TOYS

Used toys are another item that we cannot receive. We may not able to confirm the appropriate age for materials. Pieces are often missing and/or broken and we must devote staff time to assessing the condition of items.

Ways To Be Helpful

GAS OR GROCERY GIFT CARDS

We keep gift cards on hand to help families during difficult times. Even cards with a small amount are helpful.

ITEMS FROM OUR AMAZON WISH LIST

Our teachers put items that they would like to receive on the wish list. When these items arrive, it is like a birthday or holiday celebration! (The teachers are often as thrilled as the children!)

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