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A DuBois-based effort, Everyday Wishes, co-founded and overseen by native Kevin Yeager, aims to combat struggle with a community response to requests for relief. When rough times have found you, Mr. Yeager and friends find you (or you find them). Together, the efforts of Everyday Wishes, backed by everyday citizens of the area, grant the wishes of the downtrodden. Residents in need get help with clothing, furniture, household items, Christmas gifts for children, and more.
Kevin can be found, often times, at his residence on Shaffer Road, which is the drop off location for the time being until a larger facility can be obtained and readied. The group features different holiday events like Project Christmas Tree which helps area residents who do not have a tree to get one via donation from someone. Another worthwhile mentioning, as the holidays approach, is Thanksgiving/Christmas Cupboard which will help along the area residents with a few things for their holiday meals such as canned goods, stuffing, etc.
All donations get put back into the community for those in need. Everything stays local with no charge to anyone. In return, it is asked that when someone no longer needs the things donated to them that they have the heart to pass it back to the community. The main goal of Everyday Wishes is to help the people of DuBois, but also help in the other local surrounding areas too such as Brockway, Reynoldsville, Rockton, and even as far as St. Marys.
During the holidays, they team up with another group, "Love Filled Wishes", which is carved from a similar mold and mission but based in Punxsutawney. Together they help each other fulfill, specifically, Christmas wishes for area families.
Kevin is just one guy trying to make a difference in the lives of others by showing that there is someone out there who cares, understands, and who knows what it like to struggle. Everyday Wishes is around all year, not just for the holidays. They hope to spread the word into the community for those that need the help and also to reach out to those in hopes that they will also be willing to donate and help. Nobody is judged based on whatever situation they are in and recipients are kept in the highest confidence.
Created in the memory of Tricia Charles, someone who was kind, loving, and, in spite of having very little herself, giving, Everyday Wishes moves socially as a living legacy and tribute to both her, particpants, donors, and recipients alike.
Everyday Wishes employs the use of social media by virtue of a thriving group on Facebook (found here). Everyone is encouraged to join free and participate.