There is nothing quite like the holiday season to warm the spirit and lift up others. LEAP Foundation DC recently hosted its Silver Anniversary Toy Drive, which aims to provide gifts to those who may not be able to experience the joys of Christmas. Held Dec. 21, 2019, LEAP welcomed two adopted families from the Latino Student Fund, who not only received the generous donations of LEAP supporters, but enjoyed a festive holiday party with attendees.
President and CEO Dr. Clayton Lawrence recognizes that there is exponential power in collaborating with organizations who are on a similar mission, in this case to serve the underserved in the community. LEAP does so by providing educational and training opportunities to meet the aspirations of the underserved citizens of the District of Columbia and surrounding communities, while the Latino Student Fund addresses disparities in access to education for Hispanic students in the area. Together, the organizations are able expand their outreach and maximize their efforts.
“It has been a pleasure to create a partnership with Latino Student Fund president and CEO Maria Fernanda Borja, who has been ensuring that a strong academic foundation is created for underserved students of Hispanic descent,” Dr. Lawrence said. “While we have been hosting our annual toy drive since the organization’s inception, for the past several years, adopting Latino Student Fund families has been a way for us to strengthen our missions even more. It brings us great joy to be able to provide a Christmas like no other for these hard-working families and their children.”
The Foundation also welcomed special guest NFL player Ifeanyi “Mo” Momah, who autographed footballs for each of the young men in attendance. The pro football player also attended the Foundation’s anticipatory tree trimming ceremony a week before, where he spoke to LEAP scholars about the importance of academics and encouraged them to continue on the path to reach their goals.
“Having both Mo and Councilmember Robert White graciously accept our invitation to attend such a special affair truly demonstrates their commitment to today’s youth and also the underserved members of our city,” Dr. Lawrence said. “It is important for the young scholars who participate in LEAP’s programming to witness the success of these incredible African American male figures, who provide encouragement and inspiration. I know their words and actions will not be forgotten.”