To the Editor:
Tis the season for giving, and what better gift than enriching the life of a child?
Four years ago, my 20-year-old son and only child, Zach, fell asleep behind the wheel while running errands for the Boy Scout camp he worked for. Tragically, he died upon impact.
That Christmas, I created a fundraiser in his memory, “Stuff the Stocking for Zach,” to benefit the children in our community and to help me survive the holiday season. To date, we have raised $30,000.
The first year, we were able to send his local Boy Scout troop ziplining and indoor skydiving, making priceless memories! The following two years, we distributed more than 1,300 nature-related children’s books and 170 “Backpacks for Birding,” which included binoculars and field guides to introduce children to one of Zach’s greatest passions, bird watching.
Last year, we sent every fourth grade student in Woodstock School District 200 (more than 400 kids!) on a field trip to the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, and with the remaining funds, we gave out 250 gift certificates for a free Napoli’s Pizza to every patron of the Woodstock Food Pantry. The museum trip was so well received I’ve decided to make it an annual event, so if you want to make a difference in a child’s life, please consider helping us stuff Zach’s stocking.
Tax deductible donations may be sent to Woodstock District 200, c/o Diane Brokaw, 8912 Route 120, Woodstock, IL 60098. PayPal also is accepted via firstname.lastname@example.org, using the Friends and Family option. If questions, please call 815-276-4194. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will be accepted through Jan. 10.