PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As summer winds down, the holiday season will ramp up and for many families, that can be a stressful time financially.
One couple in Washington is hoping to make it easier for some of them through and bring magic to many kids with their new non-profit — A Working Family’s Christmas.
“The support of the community has been incredible,” co-founder Heather Sanders said. “It’s been one of the greatest things we’ve discovered since starting this.”
Heather said that includes Rose City Arabians horse ranch in Ridgefield, which donated its property to the non-profit to use at their first fundraiser.
A Working Family’s Christmas has one goal — to make the holiday season a happy one for hard-working families.
“The motto of it is ‘Every child deserves a magical Christmas’ and that was our thought to make it a little more brighter,” Brain Sanders said. “It’s not the most important part of the holiday season but it just makes things a little nicer.”
Brain said they’re raising money through an upcoming auction to buy toys and meals for selected families who work at minimum wage level.
The families will be chosen using the same system the schools use for lunch assistance.
A Working Family’s Christmas is getting star power to help, including autographed items from Damian Lillard, Russell Wilson and Portugal. The Man, tickets to Trail Blazers and Timbers games and even a trip to New York City to see “Hamilton” and one to California to see the Oregon Ducks take on USC.
Fred Meyer is donating an additional 100 meals, meaning the charity can help even more families.
“More than one in 10 families in the area is working poor and we wanted to help those who are out there working hard every day to take care of themselves and their kids just to take pressure off of them during the holiday season,” Heather said.
The auction, which includes dinner and drinks, is on Sept. 14 at the Rose City Arabians horse ranch.