"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." - Booker T. Washington
Each Thanksgiving, we donate meals or Save Mart gift cards to deserving families in Tulare County. We started in 2018 with blessing 5 families (2 from Porterville, 2 from Visalia, 1 from Lindsay, 1 from Exeter) with $100 SaveMart gift cards. In addition, another family from Porterville was provided a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
In 2019, we served 5 families with $100 SaveMart gift cards (Exeter: Wilson Middle School, Visalia: Blue Oak Academy, Mineral King Elementary School, Lindsay: Reagan Elementary School, Visalia: Hurley Elementary School, Porterville: Olive Street School, Granite Hills High School.) In addition, 2 families from Porterville were provided complete Thanksgiving dinners.
We also donated 20 turkeys to Mustard Seed Acre of Exeter, CA who disbursed them to deserving families.
Despite the pandemic, in 2020, we were able to expand our service to provide to a total of 12 families! Six families received complete Thanksgiving meals and six received $100 Save Mart gift cards. (One family from Exeter, one from Lindsay, one from Dinuba, one from Yettem, one from Earlimart, 2 from Visalia, 2 from Tulare, and 3 from Porterville).
Our first scholarship was given out in 2019, to a young lady from Visalia, CA (El Diamante High School). She is currently attending West Hills. We are happy to report that we were able to increase the amount of the scholarship for our 2020 recipient, who is a young man from Porterville, CA (Porterville High School). He is currently attending Reedley College.
Our goal is to increase the number of students we can impact each year.
Helping One Woman - Exeter, CA
Sept 2018 - Latitude 36 donated two gift baskets to help raise money for an Exeter woman whose husband is battling rectal cancer. H.O.W. is an organization which raises money for women who are undergoing a hardship. We were grateful to be able to help with this event and pray for the family.
Christmas is a magical time: full of believing and hope. Lat 36 believes that all children should experience this magic. In 2018, we provided 5 children from Lindsay the joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning. In 2019, we donated to over 15 children, some from Exeter and some from Visalia!
John M Nelson Conservancy - Camp Nelson, CA
Sept 2020 - Latitude 36 donated $6200 to the John M Nelson Conservancy in order to help with the purchase of adjacent land. The Conservancy has plans to expand and offer more opportunities for the community. We were grateful to be able to help.