Little Bruin Wishes
For many of our UCLA parenting students who are sometimes low-income and utilize financial aid to help them pay for their UCLA education, balancing the finances of tuition in addition to providing for their families is extremely challenging.
It's even more stressful during the holiday season.
In 2015, the UCLA Bruin Resource Center's Students with Dependents program launched Little Bruin Wishes as a way for the UCLA community to anonymously give gifts to UCLA parenting students and their families who would otherwise struggle to fulfill their children's holiday wish lists. All donations to Students with Dependents & Little Bruin Wishes ensure that parenting UCLA students aren't forced to choose between budgeting for their education and providing holiday gifts for their Little Bruins, especially during trying times.
Parenting UCLA students of all faiths, cultures, and traditions who feels that they will not be able to give their children a happy holiday due to financial limitations are encouraged to apply to have their Little Bruin Wishes granted. Criteria to be selected as a Little Bruin Wishes family is based partly on need, so students are asked to give information regarding their needs.
Since 2015, the Students with Dependents Program has been able to grant the wishes of over 120 UCLA families. Last year alone, over 197 Little Bruins had their holiday wishes granted.
This year, we're leveraging the power of the UCLA Spark to try to grant the wishes of even more families. Our goal this year is to assist over 300 Little Bruins and their families by providing at least one gift per family member.
Donations to the Students with Dependents Little Bruin Wishes program from now until December 7th, 2018, will be used to purchase family-specific toys, clothing, books, and other basic necessities that appear on Little Bruin Wishlists. Some examples of frequently requested items from previous years is below.
Due to lack of storage space, we strongly encourage donors to give directly to Students with Dependents using the above Give Now button. This allows the BRC staff to remain flexible in purchasing gifts for Little Bruin Wishes families. However, if you're an avid shopper and want to directly support an entire Bruin Family in addition to making your monetary donation, we will be distributing the anonymous Little Bruin Wish Lists after November 16th on the Students with Dependents website. You can see the families here.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness during this season of giving. With your partnership, parenting UCLA students won't have to choose between their education and holiday gifts for their families. Because of you, Little Bruins will have something to smile about this holiday season.
You can also help the Bruin Resource Center spread the word about Little Bruin Wishes by sharing this campaign on your social networks and with your friends, family, and coworkers. The more, the merrier!