Here at Glimpse we may write about luxury family travel and high-end childrenswear, but one of the things we also try to focus on is teaching our kids the importance of giving back. As most of our readers know, all proceeds from the download of the Glimpse Guides app on iTunes are given to charities, and the recipient changes every two months each time a new city guide is added. When our Paris guide launched on November 1st, all proceeds began benefitting the Greenwich, CT-based Little Wings Foundation, created by Lindley Pless. As its mission states,
“Little Wings takes the work out of donating for busy donors; Little Wings does the necessary research and diligence to ensure that donated money and supplies are used for the intended cause. Think of Little Wings as a non-profit fund. You give to us, and we reallocate the money to many different charities.”
The foundation generally likes to focus on small, local organizations who can really benefit from any amount of donations. Its most recent fundraiser was held November 24th and gathered non-perishable food items for another Greenwich charity, Family Centers. The Head Start Program at this non-profit provides two meals a day to students in their pre-school program, and the purpose of this particular Little Wings Gives event was to fill bags of food for the children to take home on the weekends when they are not getting extra food at school. The goal was to fill 56 bags. Instead, they filled over 80. Local families with children of all ages stopped by to help, and parents were simultaneously able to teach their young kids the importance of supporting those in need. As Lindley says, “Little wings is here to fill the gaps, and teach those who may not already have a particular charity they work with about the idea of giving.” My own daughter came home from the event and couldn’t stop talking about “giving food to the kids who are hungry.” She is just four years old and I am so grateful to Lindley for helping plant this seed of philanthropy.
But this was just one of dozens of events that make Little Wings so special. Other successful fundraisers have included making care packages for sick children who are attending summer camp through Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, collecting school supplies for refugees served by the International Rescue Committee, and planning and executing a food and clothing drive for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. It has put on several events to raise money and supplies for those living in shelters, including the New Reach Life Haven Shelter in New Haven, Cradle of Hope in Philadelphia, and the Elinor Martin Residence in Westchester. Little Wings has also made donations to Community Plates which allowed them to serve 5000 meals, it sponsored a young Rwandan girl to go to school for a year at Gashora Girls Academy, and it provided much-needed medical supplies to Sacred Valley Health in Peru. The list of giving seems to go on and on, and I love that proceeds from the Glimpse Guides app downloads will go to such a wide variety of amazing organizations.
When not working on the Foundation, Lindley can be found raising three adorable kids alongside her husband, volunteering for other Greenwich charities and spending her free time blogging. Her popular site, The Sentimentalist, is full of a wide variety of lifestyle articles and interesting posts for women, mom’s, and anyone looking for feel-good information and inspiration. I encourage all of you to check it out, and to think about downloading the Glimpse app to support Little Wings Foundation. Or if you would like to give more, you can do so here.
Photos from other Little Wings Gives events:
A group of moms volunteering to build candy houses with teens served by Abilis, a non-profit that offers assistance and programs for people with disabilities.
Volunteers helping with a diaper and baby supply drive for Episcopal Social Services which serves the homeless, unemployed, those with mental illnesses, and at-risk youth.
Volunteers helping with a food drive to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, a food pantry in Greenwich.
Volunteers gathering books at a book drive to create a library in Jonestown, a small town in the Mississippi Delta.
A volunteer handing over a truckload of jackets, blankets and other supplies to a public school in a devastated area of Queens after Hurricane Sandy