In August 2016, the Dave Farbaky Foundation, the charitable branch of NRCA member Aloha Construction Inc., Lake Zurich, Ill., partnered with Learning Express Toys to launch the Constructing Childhood Memories: Shopping Spree for local children in need.
David Farbaky, founder of the foundation and of Aloha Contruction chose to launch a shopping spree for a family facing hard times. He contacted OMNI Youth Services, Buffalo Grove, Ill. to select a family to participate in the event, which was intended as a launching point for future charitable events.
OMNI gives youth in crisis a chance to learn new skills, gain positive emotional and physical health, connect with stronger support systems, and envision brighter and happier futures.
The family chosen, a single mother and four young girls, was dealing with many difficult issues, including depression and poverty.
The four girls were given a walk-through of the Learning Express store. They were then given large garbage bags and sixty seconds each to grab as many items as they could before checkout. The girls were then surprised with an additional 30 seconds as a family to grab any items they missed.
Each girl filled about eight to 10 bags, and took home about $7,000 worth of new toys.
The mother decided to place the toys in storage to bring out for the girls’ birthdays and holidays because she often has little to give during those times.
“This became a learning lesson for the whole family on making things last, thankfulness and saving for the future,” says Chrissy Trilling-Raices, chief development officer of OMNI Youth Services.
For more information about the David Farbaky Foundation and Aloha Construction, visit www.alohaconstructioninc.net.