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Contact: Nikki Huang, Development Director
Denise Louie Education Center
DENISE LOUIE EDUCATION CENTER’S WINTER DRIVE SUPPORTS ESSENTIAL WORKING FAMILIES IN 2020
Amid rising local infection rates, DLEC asks families, “What do you need most?”
SEATTLE, NOV. 27, 2020 – The need for winter clothing, books, toys, and essential items for Denise Louie Education Center families is greater than ever before as pandemic infection rates break new records in King County. Denise Louie Education Center is seeking donors for its annual winter drive starting November 27 through December 5th.
DLEC’s preschool programs in partnership with Head Start and Early Head Start serve primarily immigrant and refugee families who have an income under $25,750 for a family of four. Priority for enrollment into the program is given to children in foster care, children with special needs, and families experiencing homelessness.
“The pandemic has revealed that many of our parents are essential workers,” said Susan Yang, Executive Director of Denise Louie Education Center. “As we move into the cold season with rising COVID-19 infection rates, we are working with our families to understand their greatest needs and collaborating with partners and the community to gather these resources.”
Wishes from families are featured on ornament tags hanging from a giving tree at Kirkland’s Children’s Dentistry, a long-standing community partner to Denise Louie Education Center. The ornaments contain requests for items including winter coats, rain boots, bilingual books, and “any kind of dinosaur toys.” Donors who prefer to contribute remotely can do so at DLEC2020winterdrive.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse or find additional ways to help by going to Deniselouie.org/give.
“It truly takes a village to raise a child, and this has never felt so urgent,” said Nikki Huang, Development Director of Denise Louie Education Center. “We are so grateful to our partners and community for continuing to support our DLEC village even as they face their own challenges during this time.”
Denise Louie Education Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides high-quality multicultural early learning and family support services for low income children and families in the King County area. To learn more about Denise Louie Education Center, go to Deniselouie.org.
Kirkland Children’s Dentistry provides an individualized, family-focused approach to dental care with a focus on prevention, located on Kirkland Way. Learn more at Kirklandchildrensdentistry.com.
Nikki Huang, Development Director