Eric Richenstein Memorial Fund in Response to Coronavirus
Eric Richenstein, 37, tragically passed away on March 5th—in a ski accident on the Corona run at Eldora Mountain in Colorado where he lived. His mother is Supplies for Success’ Founder and President. Eric was one of Supplies for Success first volunteers and committed to its mission.
We at Supplies for Success feel responsible to act not just to safeguard ourselves and our own families during this Coronavirus pandemic, but also those children in our communities whose needs are greater than ours.
To respond to the crisis, Supplies for Success has established the Eric Richenstein Memorial Fund in honor of Eric’s memory. Eric’s family has donated the funds to immediately help the first 2,500 children and to respond to future emergencies, in keeping with our mission, as they may arise.
Our leadership team reached out to our community partners and suppliers to see how we could be most helpful. The families we serve struggle with poverty, food insecurity, domestic violence, homelessness and many other issues that make them even more vulnerable during this crisis. Plus, we have the first responders' kids to worry about and care for. With schools closed, many of our children are left to teach themselves and likely, fall further and further behind.
In response to the crisis, we have created and are shipping CareKits for children aged 3-8 so they can use art supplies, modeling clay, coloring/activity books, paper, glue and more to constructively occupy themselves, problem solve, create, and learn. In addition to providing happiness for the kids, it is our hope that the CareKits will provide some much needed relief for their stressed-out parents or other caregivers.
We’ve collaborated with our first partner Island Harvest, whose mission is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island. They are distributing food to the children and families who would normally receive school-supplied meals. With your help, we hoped to expand to NYC and beyond--and we have! THANK YOU!! But we need to help more! Today, we will ship 500 CareKits to Northwell Health for distribution to their frontline healthcare employees' children.
So many of you have asked us how you can help the children Supplies for Success supports.
Here’s how you can help:
Please consider donating to the Eric Richenstein Memorial Fund by donating $15.00 to supply a Carekit to a child in need. Please help as many kids as you can. OR become a fundraiser! It's easy and so helpful! Just click the button on the donation page and share with family and friends. Or create a Facebook fundraiser like Ali Spandorfer. Thank you Ali!
PLEASE DONATE HERE or pick up your phone and Text Eric4kids to 44321 to support our response to the Coronavirus pandemic in Eric’s memory.
The Eric Richenstein Memorial Fund within Supplies for Success will remain funded to respond to emergencies in keeping with our mission as crises arise.
We also ask that you share the below image on social media to encourage others to donate. Thank you! We are in this together!