Kenneth Cook, Service Manager at 128 on State in Kirkland, WA, has been a Promethean for nearly four years. We recently learned that he personally donated 80 meals to families in need this holiday season. His donation was made to a nonprofit partner with whom Prometheus has not historically been involved. When we chatted with Kenneth on how he came to find the organization and, most importantly, what compelled him to give back in such a generous way, our hearts swelled at his story. We’re proud to share his story and take a page out of his book this holiday season.
“Previously, I had only donated to one charity annually, The National Foundation for Cancer Research. That was in memory of my father-in-law who died from Lymphoma, but who was able to spend a considerable amount of time with every member of his family before he passed through experimental treatments, they gave him 12 more years. He was a simple, hardworking man and one of the best men I have ever known.
One day a gentleman knocked on my door and was passing out pamphlets. We talked for some time and he was very appreciative of what the Mission had done to help him change his life. Being someone who has always felt that I needed to work and to make my own way in life, it took me a while to learn that not everyone has the same opportunities. While there are plenty of success stories of people who have been able to make a happy and prosperous life from very hard circumstances and environments, the percentages are still small.
I did some research on The Seattle Union Gospel Mission and found that above all they require sobriety, they work a lot with single parents and provide much-needed food and shelter to those people who are trying to change their lives. It does my heart good to know that I am making a difference in those people’s lives this holiday season. Thanks, and be safe.”
We hope whatever direction you take this holiday season, whether it’s holding the door open for a mama pushing toddlers, supporting your local food bank, or tossing a toy into a bin that will bring comfort to a sick child, we hope you find purpose and meaning in giving back. We hope it fills your cup.
This holiday season, we choose to find purpose in bringing the Merry Making spirit to life for children throughout our communities who will spend their holidays in hospitals. We invite you to join us in helping to foster the Greater Good together.
| Prometheus is a longtime supporter of UCSF Benoiff Children’s Hospital
. This holiday season you can donate new, unwrapped toys to the Child Life program by way of a one-time donation from the comfort of your favorite chair while sipping cocoa and watching holiday classics directly to the hospital
| Randall Children’s Hospital
is once again hosting its annual toy drive. Please feel free to swing by any of one of our Portland area Neighborhoods with new, unwrapped toys.
| The Seattle Children’s Hospital
has asked that all physical donations be placed on hold. Monetary contributions made directly to the Child Life program
remain invaluable and are a pivotal component of their services.