After a chance encounter in 2011 between DHS's deputy director of community relations and CentiMark’s community relations manager, CentiMark learned of the projects DHS spearheads to provide greater normalcy for children touched by the Department. What has resulted is seven years of life-changing donations that have immeasurably benefitted children and teens impacted by abuse and neglect and homelessness.
For every year since 2011, CentiMark has donated to the DHS Holiday Project, providing gifts to youth served by the Department of Human Services and ensuring that the holidays for these children are not without presents and smiles. Our caseworkers tell us that for many of these children, these Holiday Project gifts are the only ones these young people receive.
In the ensuing years, CentiMark expanded their generosity to include warm winter clothing and shoes for children living in homeless shelters with their parents. They have also supplied hundreds of backpacks, school supply kits and accompanying ‘back to school clothing gift cards’ that enable children each year to start the school year off right. Teens even received scientific calculators, eliminating the possibility that anyone would do without if their parents were not able to shoulder the expense.
Through the years, CentiMark has consistently found ways to improve the experiences of ‘our kids,’ those living in families served by DHS and the impact has been extraordinary. In the last year alone, CentiMark’s donations positively touched more than a thousand children!
We cannot pay enough tribute to CentiMark’s support of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and to the generosity showered through us on the needy children of this community. To provide a sense of normalcy to a child who otherwise might feel left out, different than peers or even isolated is a priceless gift. Thank you, CentiMark, for being such a good friend to these local youths.