$5 Gives One Day to a Kid Like Shamari

The last few months have been tough for all of us. Fear of the unknown, trying to do things you either never signed up to do or at least not in the way you are doing them— being a teacher, a non-stop referee for sibling shenanigans, missing the physical connection of family and friends, wishing you could go back to the office or wishing someone’s job would finally make it possible for them to work from home…

I imagine you too have felt these big feelings. Kids like Shamari feel them too. When kids are connected, they can learn how to deal with these really big challenges. They learn to feel the big things that they need to feel. They learn how to deal with these struggles and these changes that go on around them and around all of us every day, and they learn to be really incredible people. When you support these connections, you’re teaching kids like Shamari about healthy relationships and that they matter and that they have so much greatness to share with the world.

You’re giving them so much more than a tasty snack, or a book, or a one-on-one conversation, you’re giving them an activity toolbox and you’re giving them the life skills they need to make the right decisions and to move forward through the other side of this challenging time okay.

Global Layers SHAMARI EVERY DAY MATTERS Over the last few months, Shamari and his brother have been missing out on a lot of connections. Like many of our single moms, their mother has been struggling with being a full-time parent, teacher, and healthcare worker. For their family, getting the resources they need to succeed can be tough. But you can make sure they don’t miss out in the days ahead. ZABREAH EVERY DAY MATTERS As the leader of her crew, Zabreah has gained the skills she needs to deal with bullies, make friends, and inspire goodness in others. But others like Zabreah will fall behind without you. Every day of connection matters. DAWN MCCOY DONOR & ST. MARK BOARD PRESIDENT "If St. Mark wasn’t here in the future our kids would wouldn’t have the extra person to say, 'Yes, you can do that. You are wonderful.' These kids are the best teachers of how to regulate themselves: they have taught me." LUCY EVERY DAY MATTERS Lucy’s just wise beyond her years. Lucy was awarded the Outstanding Afterschool Student Award, an honor given to only three kids in the state. She’s one of those kids that you meet and are just drawn to. She’s all-around great. Give more days to Lucy. FRIENDSHIPS EVERY DAY MATTERS Your support builds friendships with local leaders like the Dubuque Police Department. Every day of support helps them deliver activity bags to students, and ensures important connections like "live" virtual enrichment via zoom can continue. CELEBRATIONS EVERY DAY MATTERS In times like these every small connection we have with our families means the world to our kids and our team. Every day of support ensures that celebrations like this drive-by Halloween party we hosted for our families can continue. LOVE EVERY DAY MATTERS When the world changed, St. Mark made a really big decision to never "close our hearts," sharing messages of love to families, support, and resources to those effected by the pandemic.

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