Donor Spotlight: Dete Jackson
Dete Jackson has been giving to San Diego Youth Services for the past 20 years. She has been donating items like clothing, blankets and hygiene items to make life a little bit easier for struggling youth.
How did you learn about San Diego Youth Services?
20 years ago, SDYS had a contest for who could collect the most pairs of jeans for struggling youth. I had a pair of jeans that I had never even worn. I decided to participate and ended up collecting 88 pairs of blue jeans, and I won the contest! I learned more about the organization, and it really broke my heart to learn about all these youth in need. I have been giving ever since.
What made you decide to continue to give to SDYS?
After I learned more about SDYS and how big the youth homelessness issue in San Diego really is, I wanted to continue to help. I was also impressed with the staff that works at San Diego Youth Services and how they always go above and beyond to put kids’ wellbeing first. Ever since then, I have been creating holiday bags with necessities for youth in need. My bags include items like hygiene items, blankets and clothes. I have given 12 to 16 bags every year for the past 20 years.
Before I moved to San Diego, I worked as the sheriff for Palm Springs and I got to see firsthand some of the tough situations marginalized youth go through. Being back here in San Diego, I really wanted to make difference and help as much as I could.