AmCham Norway is delighted to announce that we were once again able to make a Thanksgiving Charity donation on behalf of our members – this time to US-based StandUp for Kids, an organization working to end youth homelessness across the US.
Together with sponsors 3M Norge and Merck, supportive to-go guests and Hotel Bristol, we were able to raise NOK 54 300 for StandUp for Kids. StandUp for Kids’ National Executive Director, Greg Smith, sent us the following acknowledgment, along with the video that can be viewed below:
Thank you so much for your gift! Our kids tell us that when someone believes in them, they believe more in themselves. That they get a sense of belonging. Because of you, we will be able to continue to offer homeless and at-risk youth an array of services on the streets, in outreach centers, schools, and other community sites across our 18 program cities in the US.
Your generous gift allows us to continue to serve the youth who rely on us to show up for them every day, helping them develop plans to get out of their unjust situations and move toward greater stability. We have been working to end youth homelessness for three decades, and we are not finished. Thank you for entering our story.
Thanks to our sponsors, who stayed with us through the tumult of planning a Thanksgiving event in COVID times, and our prize sponsors’ thoughtful donations, we were able to offer 50 Thanksgiving meals and many lottery prizes. At assigned times, guests picked up their meals and winnings, stopping by Hotel Bristol to say hello, and Happy Thanksgiving, to the AmCham team.
Trade Minister Iselin Nybø, who was disappointed not to be able to join us as planned, sent her greetings in a video (see below) recorded for friends of AmCham.
We are grateful for the continued support of this wonderful tradition and look forward to celebrating with you in person at Hotel Bristol in November 2021!
StandUp for Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of youth homelessness in local communities. Since 1990, the organization has cared for homeless and at-risk youth by transitioning them from crisis to connection. StandUp for Kids gives its youth a sense of safety, hope, and belonging through housing support, mentoring, drop-in centers, and street outreach.
AmCham’s annual Thanksgiving charity dinner brings member and partners together over great food, good times, and the spirit of good will to kick off the holiday season. Read more about our Thanksgiving tradtion here, and please contact us for interest in donating at firstname.lastname@example.org.