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Cost Plus World Market donates entire stock of Easter baskets, decorations to UMFS youth

Cost Plus World Market recently donated its entire stock of Easter goodies and decorations to UMFS to bring some Easter spirit to children living on the nonprofit’s campuses and its essential staff and their families.

As a non-essential business, Cost Plus World Market found themselves surrounded by aisles of untouched chocolate bunnies and rainbow-colored eggs that would be of no use when they reopen. Rather than let them go to waste, the Cost Plus World Market location on West Broad Street donated three aisles worth of Easter products to UMFS this week.

Approximately 45 youth are currently receiving care at UMFS’ residential treatment centers in Richmond and Fairfax. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the campuses are closed to visitors, including the families of youth. Thanks to the donation, staff were able to provide every child with an Easter basket full of goodies. They used what was left to set up a mini-store for UMFS essential staff who have been working around the clock throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It warms our hearts, and we are so happy that children and families get to be on the receiving end of something like this,” said Pam Jackowski, general manager of CPWM. “We all feel so uplifted, especially during such a difficult time in the world.”

UMFS received 17 large moving boxes and 8 large bags worth of Easter eggs, baskets, chocolate bunnies and other assorted Easter décor.

“This gift from World Market was incredible and so timely for our residential youth and our team on the front line,” said Sheena Lyle, UMFS program director for the UMFS Child & Family Healing Center. “We’re so grateful because the donation provides Easter treats to all of our incredible staff and residents at both CFHC in Richmond and Leland House in Fairfax. One of our teaching staff here was actually moved to tears by World Market’s generosity.”