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Wallace House shelter receives surprise donation

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | Posted by

Carol McCloud, also known as the “Bucket Lady” President of Bucket Fillers, Inc., recently donated $5,000 to Cloverdale’s Wallace House emergency shelter.

Carol McCloud

McCloud is the sister of Joan Tillman, local business owner, Rotarian and Cloverdale’s recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Sonoma County Award for 2012.

While visiting from her home in Michigan this past Thanksgiving, McCloud challenged Tillman’s 22-year old son Nick to “pick a local charity that makes a difference in the community.”  After visiting Wallace House, he presented her with his findings.

As a result, she notified Executive Director Colleen Halbohm that “my nephew Nick sent a very thoughtful recommendation for your agency. Therefore, I will donate $5,000 to help you in your work. Thank you for all you do for others.”

Halbohm says she was “blown away” by this generous gift and promises the money will be put to good use.

In addition to overnight shelter, Wallace House helps clients with housing and supportive services. On a daily basis, they provide items such as bus passes, food & clothing vouchers, gas vouchers, courtesy haircuts, back packs, sleeping bags, toiletries, and showers.

They also provide emergency aid assistance to pay for utility bills, repairs and deposit or rental assistance.

“More importantly,” says Halbohm, “we facilitate job search/job readiness skills and secure employment for our clients through our partnership with Management Connections and our Internship Program.”

McCloud has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director.

In the 1990s she learned of the bucket-filling concept while attending an Early Childhood conference. As she followed the new research on mental, emotional, and social development that was being uncovered in the orphanages of Romania, she began to understand more clearly the intense need that all children share to have their buckets filled by caring adults.

Her first book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” is described as a guide to daily happiness for kids. Within a month of publication, teachers from schools around the country were calling her to help them create “bucket filling schools.”

Since then, thousands of schools around the world have used these ideas and concepts to become “bucket filling schools,” where kindness and respect are taught, practiced and valued by all. To find out more, visit bucketfillers101.com.

Halbohm still has a hard time finding the words to express her appreciation, as well as that of the staff, board and clients of Wallace House, for this surprise donation.

“Whatever is going on in the Tillman/McCloud families, we hope it is contagious.  This family is a true example of what can be accomplished in a community when the spirit of giving is a family affair; and clearly Nick has not fallen far from the giving-tree.”

For more information on Wallace House, visit them online or call 894-2727.

  • Tammy

    If she is anything like her sister Joan, she is no doubt an incredibly caring and giving person!!! What a wonderful family!

  • Joan Tillman

    Thank you Mary Jo Winter and Colleen Halbohm for this beautifully written article. This story brought tears to my eyes. I am so blessed to have a sister like Carol. God was certainly looking down on me that day. Carol is my guardian angel and is an inspiration to me in every way. She not only writes and teaches about bucket-filling, she lives it every single day. She truly has changed the world we live in. She is simply the BEST!

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