Full of Thanks Celebration

EPIC – Every Person Influences Children is “FULL of Thanks” for The Rite Aid Foundation and General Motors
The Rite Aid Foundation has generously gifted EPIC with a $5,000 grant as part of its Full of Thanks holiday program. Our Executive Director, Tara N. Burgess has decided to use this funding to provide two holiday celebrations. In our first event, Friday December 20, 2019 6-8PM, EPIC will invite all the families who have participated in our parenting education programs this year, to celebrate their efforts in raising their children in a safe and healthy way. For our second event, Saturday December 21, 2019 12-2PM, EPIC has also collaborated with General Motors, whose employees will purchase holiday gifts for five families in need. These families are also past participants. We will celebrate their parenting education success at an exclusive holiday party. *****REGISTRATION FOR THESE EVENTS ARE NOW CLOSED*****
“We have traditionally provided these holiday celebrations yearly. However, due to funding restraints, there was a challenge this year to provide these much-needed celebrations of family,” said Tara N. Burgess. “When we received notice from The Rite Aid Foundation, our entire organization was elated. We are incredibly thankful for the supporters in our community that understand the importance of raising children to become responsible and successful adults.”
The Rite Aid Foundation created this special holiday program to help more than 400 KidCents partner charities across the country to advance their efforts to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of children in their communities. In total, The Rite Aid Foundation is donating nearly $2.1 million this year through its Full of Thanks holiday program.
“Our KidCents partner charities embody Rite Aid’s commitment to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve. There is no better time than Giving Tuesday to show our appreciation to these organizations for all they do throughout the year,” said Jessica Kazmaier, president of The Rite Aid Foundation Board of Directors and chief human resources officer for Rite Aid. “This is our way to show we are full of thanks for our partners and the important work they do to provide kids with better lives, brighter futures and increased opportunities.” 
# About EPIC                  
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children’s mission is to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC provides year-round programming in Parenting Education, which includes Ready, Set, Parent! (offering support and solutions for parents of newborns), parenting classes for parents of young children, and young adolescents; Families in Transition (helping individuals facing challenges reach their full potential as parents); and Just for Teens (enhancing the skills and confidence of pregnant and parenting teens) and Family Engagement in Education, encouraging early literacy and building parents' capacity to become more actively involved in their children's education, through programs such as Ready, Set, Read! (developing family literacy and early intervention for children's academic success); and Storytime (fun family literacy-based event). For more information about EPIC, please visit www.epicforchildren.org.