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Community Comes Together To Help Others

We can do amazing things when we come together. This year’s Jammie Drive, our fifth annual, was a raging success. I started the drive five years ago to help my children experience the true spirit of the holidays, while providing core essentials to those in need at an emotionally charged time of year. It’s amazing to see how this idea has grown in reach and impact, beyond my wildest dreams. In fact, this was our largest turnout ever: our community was able to gift 200 people with jammies and slippers, packages of underwear, socks and other essentials,…

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Making a Difference, One Family at a Time

The annual Jammie Drive we run touches two groups of people: those who receive the gifts and those who give them. The drive benefits residents of three East Bay Area shelters—havens for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. We provide cozy pajamas, socks and underthings, basics we take for granted, to these folks in need. We’ve run this program for four years now; it’s a big hit with local families and individuals looking to give back to their community. Here are comments from some of our donors about why they return year after year to participate: “This drive…

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Chat with Mer, July 7: Building a Legacy

I am excited about this month’s installment in the Chat with Mer series. Join me and Theo Schwabacher, the Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley and the Founder & CEO of the Women’s Intelligence Trust (WIT) as we discuss How to Build a Legacy. Theo and I examine how she promotes a greater understanding of the issues affecting women via a powerful, interactive annual event in the style of a female-only TED talk. Watch a brief preview of my inspiring conversation with Theo. The entire conversation will be available on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Other topics Theo and I discuss include: How to create a…

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit: Jammie Party Recap

Several weeks ago, I looked at my young children (ages 4 and 5) and realized that I wanted to give them the experience of what the holidays are all about: giving to others. I remember when I was young, my family gave gifts and a bag of groceries to a family we never met so that they could have a nice Christmas. I also remember selecting an ornament from a Christmas tree in the lobby of one of my employers that identified a 7-year-old girl who really wanted a doll for Christmas. Those are some of the…

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