Students Say Thanks You to Care Package Volunteers!

As part of WAEF's Student Stewardship Program, care packages are sent to our 200+ students away at college. The packages are sent twice during the year, the first is sent in the fall as they begin or return to school, and the second in the spring just before finals.

What are they? WAEF Care Packages are a parcel that contain food items, gifts, coffee cards, school supplies that are sent to students who are attending college. Each is unique as the items it contains are selected by the volunteer filling.

Who Sends Them? Incredible volunteers! Volunteers usually form teams within their respective work places, with family, and also friends to send to as many as 20 students twice yearly! We at WAEF are so appreciative of the volunteers who support these students through care packages.

We have heard countless times from the students how much these packages serve as encouragement, stress relief, and motivation to work hard and not to give up: someone else believes in them!

We wanted to share with you photos and captions from this fall that the students posted on social media, or sent in letters and emails to show their appreciation.

Thank you to the volunteer teams and individuals this fall:

  • Borton & Sons

  • Chelan Fresh Marketing

  • Columbia Fruit Packers
  • H.R. Spinner
  • Legacy Fruit Packers
  • Moss Adams LLC
  • Pat Bossen, La Verne Bergstrom, Pat Sax, Gail Foreman and Buell Hawkins
  • Rabo AgriFinance
  • Washington State Tree Fruit Association
  • Washington Trust Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
  • Amalia Walle
  • Chris Bellamy
  • Jillian Rice & family
  • Leslie Judd
  • Lisa Plath
  • Ruth Velasco Ortiz
  • Vicki Peebles & Jennifer Witherbee
"I received my care package on Monday! Thank you so much, it was a perfect welcome back after a weekend at home ."

"I received my care package on Monday! Thank you so much, it was a perfect welcome back after a weekend at home ."

"Just got this surprise in the mail today truly thankful to all those that contributed to this package."

"Just got this surprise in the mail today truly thankful to all those that contributed to this package."

"I got my care package today. Beyond grateful "

"I got my care package today. Beyond grateful "

"Shout out to WAEF donors #carepackage"

"Shout out to WAEF donors #carepackage"

"Beyond grateful to receive a care package and what better than on my birthday!❤️ I had to chase down the UPS truckto get my package...Thank you WAEF for all the support I really appreciate everyone who put this package together!"

"Beyond grateful to receive a care package and what better than on my birthday!❤️ I had to chase down the UPS truckto get my package...Thank you WAEF for all the support I really appreciate everyone who put this package together!"

"Thank you so much WAEF and Columbia Fruit!!! After a long week it was awesome coming home to this surprise!!!! #GRATEFUL"

"Thank you so much WAEF and Columbia Fruit!!! After a long week it was awesome coming home to this surprise!!!! #GRATEFUL"

We received this letter this week, and the sentiment, eloquence and humbleness of this student was something to be shared.

Other email thank yous included:

"I hope you're having a good day so far. I just wanted to let you know that my care package came in the mail today! After two long lectures and my first college test, this really brightened my day. So thank you to you and everyone volunteering at WAEF. I really appreciate everyone's continued kindness and support."

"I have been fortunate enough to receive a couple over the years and the timing is always so perfect-an encouragement and bright spot when I need it the most! It's really one of the personal, thoughtful touches the makes WAEF stand out above everyone else in their care for the well being of students!"

"I just wanted to let you know that I received my care package and I wanted to say thank you! I love how I got a note of encouragement! I'm definitely hanging that up by my desk just in case I ever need reassurance! Thank you so much for everything I'm so great full to be part of the waef community!"

**We still need help completing the fall sending list!**
If you are interested in supporting students in a creative and fun manner please contact Jillian at jillian.rice@waef.org to be added to the care package contact list.