JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY NEWS NOW) – A Jamestown family is being recognized for their charitable efforts as this year’s grand marshals of the Jamestown Christmas Parade on Saturday.
“I think for us, we’re really honored. I mean obviously there are tons of people doing really great things in our community and we’re just one tiny piece of that. Being able to give back, we’re all really honored to be able to have this opportunity and I think that it speaks volumes that it’s kids,” said Danielle Stone.
Over the past few holiday seasons, Matthew and Danielle Stone have given back to a cause that gave them the opportunity to have a family of their own: the local foster care system.
After adopting four children, they wanted to find a way to say thank you.
“In previous years, we’ve always done a backpack drive every November as something for our family to give back to the foster care system,” said Danielle Stone.
In addition to the annual backpack drives, the family has put together what they call ‘Birthday Boxes’ for children in the system.
“It makes me feel good that kids are getting help so that they know you care for them,” said Arianna Stone.
This will be the Stone childrens’ first experience at the parade, making the night extra special.
“They’ve actually never been to the parade before, obviously you know with COVID and things, so this will be their first parade and it’s extra special this year,” said Danielle.
“Me personally, I grew up in Jamestown and I’ve been going to this parade for a long time so it’s gonna be fun to enjoy this experience with my family and I’m super excited for them to experience that so it’s just gonna be a great time,” said Matthew Stone.
The family invites anyone interested in learning more about how to give back to the foster care to contact them on Facebook to learn more.