Heier family members from left, Samuel, Deanna, Bruce, presents the combined $15,000 donation to Director Lucy Pelletier in celebration of the life of Maritza Green.
In honor of her amazing mother Maritza Guerra Green, who passed away 15 years ago at age 53, Deanna Maritza Heier created a matching gift campaign to raise $15,000 to benefit the Children's Center where her sons Bruce and Samuel spent their early years.
With an outpouring of heart-felt tributes, generous family and friends in September donated a total $7,952 to the Children's Center, which the Heier-Green Family matched for a total $15,904 contribution.
"We know that she (Maritza) would have loved the Center," Deanna wrote in her campaign message.
At the age 10, Maritza Guerra Green came with her parents to the U.S. as political refugees from Cuba. With perseverance and a supportive community, Maritza and her whole family thrived.
Maritza herself touched the lives of many people across the U.S. throughout her short life.
"Maritza had a way of making everyone in the room, especially the littlest ones, feel special," Deanna wrote. "From birthday parties and fun times when we were kids, to co-workers all over the globe who became her extended family, to a little girl in Nebraska now studying Spanish in college because of one impactful moment she had with my mom when she was 5-years-old.
"Falls Church McLean Children's Center has meant a lot to our family through the years, having cared for our two sons.
"The Center is an amazing place that helps immigrant- and low-income families receive a quality early education and also supports immigrant teachers with financial aid and professional development. I've seen children thrive and families' lives changed forever by the support and kindness they received at the Center from caring people like our mom. We know she would have loved the Center."
Maritza Guerra Green
The matching challenge has ended, but donations are still being accepted in honor of Maritza Guerra Green at fcmlcc.networkforgood.com
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