“Be the Miracle:" Fulfilling 500 Wishes for Olive Crest Children
Smart & Final and the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation have long supported Olive Crest, the program that provides wrap-around social services to abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families.
Just last fall, through mobile purchases during checkout, Smart & Final associates and customers helped raise $162,810 for the organization.
During the holidays, Smart & Final and the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation again partnered with Olive Crest to fulfill 500 wishes of children they support. Associates were invited to “Be the Miracle” for Olive Crest youth. Hundreds of associates responded, granting wishes to be a holiday miracle for the children of Olive Crest. The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation also gave a donation to the program.
In addition, as a part of a Smart & Final holiday luncheon, associates got to see firsthand how much their support means to the Olive Crest organization. Olive Crest National Director of Development Rhonda Tagge was on hand with inspiring words of gratitude for all that Smart & Final has done through the years.
Then, associates were treated to a powerful testimony from a 13-year-old boy from Olive Crest who shared his story of going from foster home to foster home until he was placed by Olive Crest in the right home with the right family. His story bought tears to the eyes of many associates, a moving reminder of why we continue to participate in giving back to the communities we serve.