An Out-of-this-World Easter
May 13, 2020
With Easter quickly approaching, staff at the UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC) and Leland House were racking their brains for ways to provide residents with a proper celebration in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. All off-campus activities were on hold, no visitors were allowed on campus, and the stay-at-home order and the need for social distancing were presenting real logistical challenges. Direct-care staff were feeling stuck, and the residents were understandably discouraged.
Then, the phone rang.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said CFHC Administrative Services Manager Sara Barrille, who fielded the phone call. On the other end of the line was Pam Jackowski, General Manager at Cost Plus World Market in Short Pump. She was offering to donate her store’s entire Easter inventory. “I said yes immediately,” Sara continued, “but had no idea how much stuff there actually was!”
Turns out, there was a lot of stuff. Like, a whole lot. Three aisles worth of goodies, to be exact.
When Governor Ralph Northam ordered all non-essential Virginia businesses to close on March 24, Pam knew she couldn’t let the store’s entire Easter inventory go to waste. She hopped on her computer, certain she’d find a good cause to donate to. After a quick search and a phone call to Sara, Pam had found her match.
“It warms our hearts,” Pam said. “And World Market is so happy that children and families get to be on the receiving end of something like this. We all feel so uplifted, especially during such a difficult time in the world.”
“This gift from World Market was incredible and so timely for our residential youth and our team on the front line,” said Sheena Lyle, Program Director for CFHC. “We’re so grateful because the donation provides Easter treats to all of our incredible staff and residents at both CFHC in Richmond and Leland House in Fairfax. One of our teaching staff here was actually moved to tears by World Market’s generosity.”