Laura Martinez - June 2017

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For the past three years, Laura Martinez, her boyfriend Steve Estabrook and her son Ryan Martinez work year-round to collect donations of Christmas gifts for Sacramento charities. This past holiday season, they generously chose to donate more than 300 gifts to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) for the annual Parent Education Christmas party. “I was born and raised in Sacramento,” says Laura. “SFBFS has been a staple in our community as long as I can remember.”

SFBFS’ Parent Education program helps parents explore healthy and supportive courses regarding infant and toddler development and earn valuable parenting supplies, such as diapers and clothing, through class attendance. Parent Education engages expectant families, mothers, fathers or guardians with their children 0 – 5 years of age. Free classes include topics such as nurturing parenting, budgeting, health & nutrition, stress management, school readiness and more. SFBFS also offers a parent resource center, which provides mothers, fathers and caregivers access to various parenting and educational books along with local community resources.

Each year, SFBFS hosts a Christmas party for Parent Education clients with delicious food and fun activities. This year’s party was an especially incredible experience for clients thanks to the generosity of Laura and her family. “We would not have been able to have this Christmas event for our clients had Laura and her family not donated all the gifts,” says Gabriela Lopez-Valle, SFBFS’ Parent Education Manager. “Because of the population we serve, clients look to us for support during difficult times, especially during the holidays. Donor support is crucial in being able to do these events and we would not be able to hold them without it.”

Laura and her family appreciated the Christmas party experience as well. “We truly enjoyed being able to participate in the party and being able to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when we handed out the gifts,” says Laura. “SFBFS provides critical resources to families in need of assistance. We can't think of a better place to partner with. We have already been collecting gifts for this year's party!”

SFBFS’ Parent Education program would not be possible without the support of community-centered people like Laura Martinez and her family. Their support is an example of how together, we can support families and individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

If you’d like to learn more about monthly giving or if you’re interested in taking a tour of SFBFS to see your support in action, please visit www.sacramentofoodbank.org/support or give us a call at (916) 456-1980!

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