Traveling Parents Host Holiday Luggage Drive

By Erika Lanier, Community Engagement Officer

Zareen Maurer and her husband, Jaxson, have been reflecting on the holidays with a new sense of urgency to make the season brighter for children and youth in foster care.

Being in the travel business as franchise owners at Expedia Cruise Ship Centers, the Maurers credit the perspective they’ve gained traversing the globe. They’re also new parents.

“Seeing the world opens your eyes to how difficult life can be for many people, and we sometimes forget there are kids struggling right here in our own community,” Zareen said. “Being an adolescent in today’s society is difficult enough even with a solid support system, and the least we can do is work to make times of transition a little less stressful.”

The Maurers will be hosting a holiday drive which they will fittingly focus on luggage—an often overlooked need for youth experiencing foster care. Drives raise awareness and most importantly, weave together the resources of the community so that every young person can thrive in school and life.

“We hope to use our platform and Treehouse’s to connect with our local community and encourage people to join us in this important cause,” Zareen said.

Any individual or group interested in hosting their own drive this holiday season can sign up at treehouseforkids.org/holiday or reach out to us at [email protected].

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About the Author

Erika Lanier was born in Portland, Oregon. She was adopted at age 1 and moved to the Seattle area. She has a degree in Global Studies with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington. Erika has been with Treehouse since 2017. Previously, she worked with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and World Relief.

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