When Marietta residents Dan and Allison Singleton began looking for a way to give back, they wanted to find a worthy cause and support the community in which they live. Their search led them to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
"We knew we wanted to donate to a cause we strongly believed in,” Allison said. “When we researched local organizations, one of the things that drew us to Children’s was that they have a great reputation and are good stewards of their money. That was really important to us.”
Dan and Allison have children and grandchildren of their own. They feel lucky that their children never had to be long-term patients at Children’s, but recognize the value of the pediatric care Children’s provides.
“We know that parents need a world-class place to take their kids to receive the best possible care,” Allison said. “Children’s makes our community a better place.”
The first time they donated, Allison simply mailed a gift to the Children’s Foundation, asking them to allocate the money where the need was greatest. Soon after, Sherry Gardner, Senior Development Director, contacted the Singletons with options about where their gift could be directed.
The Singletons believed that the greatest investment they could make in their community was to ensure that children have a chance for a healthy life.“The idea of sick kids goes against what is supposed to happen to children,” Allison said. “Kids are supposed to be carefree and happy, and we wanted a chance to help provide that.”
It wasn’t long before they saw the true impact of their gifts. Dan and Allison received a letter from a father whose son had been a recent patient at Scottish Rite hospital.
“When you get a letter like that, you remember that you’re making a difference in the lives of families and children,” Allison said. “Whether you have kids or grandkids or none at all, the needs of children never cease. They are our future and we have to take care of them. We feel blessed to be able to give to Children’s and see the results of our gifts in action, helping children heal and get better.”