LANCASTER —Elizabeth Yanez was heartbroken when her home burned down on Mother’s Day. Fortunately, staff members at the Eastside Union School District stepped up to help the family of five.
When the district’s staff discovered Yanez was unable to attend work at Tierra Bonita Elementary and two of her children would not be able to attend class at Columbia Elementary, faculty and staff members began to donate personal items, food and money to the Yanez family.
“The district views itself as a community partnership, a family that comes together in times of need,” stated Eastside Union School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Marshall. “Once we were notified about the Yanez family, we had to do everything in our power to help them during this difficult time.”
The district’s efforts led to local organizations donating items to the family.
Cynthia Beverly from the One Way Up organization donated four backpacks filled with school supplies. And the Boys and Girls club committed to donating an oven and other items to the family.
Yanez was overwhelmed with emotion as she thanked staff and faculty members during Eastside Union School District’s annual staff recognition event at Tierra Bonita Elementary. The Yanez family passed out thank you cards and displayed a poster board they personally created to show their gratitude.
“I would like to thank everyone for their love and support for me and my kids,” Yanez said.
After her speech, Yanez was gifted with $600 from Columbia Elementary Principal Charles Thatch. The funds came from a penny drive that took place at the school.
The family is now living in a temporary home provided by their landlord. Elizabeth Yanez is accepting donations, specifically clothing for her sons, ages 15, 11 and 4, and her daughter, age 7.
If you would like to donate items to the Yanez family, contact the Eastside Union School District at 661-952-1200.