COVID-19 has affected everyone – some more than others. St. Vincent de Paul’s Centro Rendu program has actively worked with families who’ve been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The program provides wrap around social services to families that seek help.
Being stuck in their rooms and abiding to COVID-19 restrictions has not been an easy experience for children. Day of the Child came to light with the hope of bringing a spark of joy to a child’s life.
We began developing this idea and started receiving support and attention by donors and local businesses. We soon realized that this event had a bigger meaning – it acknowledges the many hardships children also face during COVID.
We aimed to give out 1,000 toys to 1,000 children. In order for this large-scale event to become a reality, we needed the full support of the City of Renton – and we received it.
When we pitched the proposal of the event, the Mayor was in full support and after a few more discussions a proclamation was created.
Day of the Child on April 30, 2021, became the largest event ever hosted by Centro Rendu.
“El dia del Niño” or “Day of the Child” originated in Mexico in 1925 and is celebrated each year on April 30th. This holiday is now observed in many Latin American countries and around the world. The city of Renton AmeriCorps VISTA has worked with Centro Rendu of St. Vincent de Paul and several local businesses to recognize this special day.