January 01, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Elizabeth Atkins,

I’m writing to thank you once again for being such an inspiring part of Aaron’s Presents over the past 3 ½ years, in memory and honor of Liz Atkins.

It has been a great privilege to carry out this work and hold her giving, loving, joyful spirit in my heart everyday.

I put together the attached slideshow of the projects and Alumni activities that your generous gifts have made possible over the past year. I cannot thank you enough, as I have seen the impact that they have had on so many young people. You can see the spark in their eyes—that special look that only comes from feeling like we have purpose, potential and a meaningful role in the world.

Many of these kids are up against a lot—poverty, lack of food and basic needs, lack of adult support, lack of transportation and extracurricular opportunities, racism, immigration anxiety, low-performing schools, unstable home situations, and on and on—and to have people come to them and want to invest real resources and time in their ideas, and to be able to do something that benefits others and be the “givers” seems like a small thing, but is actually life- and perspective-altering.

One of the projects you helped to fund this year was featured on WCVB Channel 5 this fall:

Here is the main page for the fund for your reference, and I have included a link to this slideshow and the TV piece on the page:

One of the highlights of this year was having a group of the Atkins family members attend our Celebration at Phillips Academy in June. I hope it can be an annual tradition to be able to meet some of you in person and have you feel the kids’ joyful empowered energy for yourselves.

Thank you again for your support, encouragement and love! It has made a world of difference, and we are so excited for the growth we are planning for in the next few years to reach more kids!

With my very best wishes for a happy new year to you all,