We believe in making a change. Together we want to support a stronger, healthier and happier community one cause, one child, and one moment of happiness at a time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your gift and together we will make a change.
HOLIDAY 2011 – TOYS FOR TOTS KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON
The 2011 giving season resulted in a generous network of family, friends and corporate sponsorship which allowed the MAC Foundation to donate 101 new bikes with helmets and a truckload of toys to the Toys For Tots’ annual toy drive supporting children throughout King County who would have otherwise not received anything for Christmas. This was our first year in being able to pair a helmet with every bike thanks to the Washington State Patrol and Safe Kids USA of Snohomish County. The gift of a toy and a distraction from reality can help make a change in a child’s life. Our donation overflowed the waiting Toys For Tots trucks such that they had to enlist our help in returning after the event to transport toys to their sorting and distribution warehouse.
HOLIDAY 2012 – TILLICUM YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER, TILLICUM, WASHINGTON
In November 2012 we were contacted by the Tillicum Youth and Family Center/Tacoma Youth Ministries which supports the community of Tillicum – one of the poorest communities in the state - 4 square miles completely encompassed by Joint Base Lewis McChord and only accessible by Interstate 5. The Tillicum Youth and Family Center relies on donations and volunteers to provide tutoring, snacks, community meals, a healthy environment and strong sense of self to kids who would otherwise have nowhere to go after school and on the weekends. They had heard through donors what we’d done in prior years and knew we could help make it easier for kids to get to the youth center, school and home. Our goal this year was a bit different – only 50 bikes, but bigger bikes with helmets and locks. Yet again we were humbled and blown away by the generosity of friends, family, the Washington State Patrol, Safe Kids USA of Snohomish County and especially the employees at ISoftStone. This year was the first year we were able to see the donations in action, meet the very excited recipients (some of whom had never ridden a bike before and most had never owned a new bike) and share the joy of the season.
HOLIDAY 2013 – TOYS FOR TOTS SNOHOMISH COUNTY IN MEMORY OF TROOPER SEAN O’CONNELL
2013 marked our first holiday season as an official non-profit organization in the State of Washington and we did right to recognize the memory of fallen Trooper Sean O’Connell who gave his life while providing detour patrol for the Skagit River bridge collapse in Conway, Washington. We raised money for, collected and assembled 110 bikes and $3,000 worth of toys in a record breaking 3 weeks – our shortest giving season to date. Once again our corporate partners ISoftStone and Elle Marie Hair Studio along with the Washington State Patrol and Safe Kids USA of Snohomish County stepped up to the plate and delivered.
OSO MUDSLIDE RELIEF 2013
On Saturday, March 22, 2014 the small town of Oso, Washington experienced the worst landslide in the state’s history resulting in a massive mud and debris field with deposits of 30 to 70 feet deep throughout the nearly mile-wide pile. 49 homes and structures and 43 lives were taken. The first responders and Oso/Darrington communities dealing with catastrophic conditions and miserable weather rose above the situation and came together to form the first steps down the path to healing. The Make A Change Foundation heard our call to action in the form of supplies and gear to replenish the volunteer responders’ resources in searching for survivors in the early days of the disaster. We are proud to be a part of the greater Snohomish community.
The upcoming 2014 holiday season will prove to be a moving and rewarding experience for both our donors and recipients alike. We have partnered with Hand In Hand Kids’ Safe Place of Snohomish County and are thrilled to assist them in making this Christmas special for so many children from across the state that are entering the foster care system through their doors. Safe Place provides immediate shelter for kids who are removed from their homes during crisis and imminent danger and provides love, caring and happiness while a foster home is matched to them which results in longer term and more successful foster placement, adoption and healthy rebuilding of families. Hand In Hand Kids’ ultimate goal is to break the cycles in which foster placement is necessary. The community outreach that Hand In Hand Kids provides is awe-inspiring and extends far beyond Safe Place to providing family services and support, after school programs, meals, clothing and a multitude of other resources that truly make a change. Please join with us to make a change for a child this year.
Please take a moment to watch our video introducing Safe Place: