On Nov. 17, the Silverdale Rotary Club donated $1,500 in Duck Bucks to All Teens Matter, a local Bremerton-based nonprofit. 
 
 
With the holidays coming up, teens are often forgotten by local charities. The purpose of All Teens Matter is to provide a nice Christmas for low income, homeless high school students ages 14 through 18.
Rotary member Elayne Burton presented the check to Lanette Duchesneau, president of All Teens Matter. The funds will be used to purchase a holiday turkey meal for teens and their families. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie and all the fixings will be presented to local families. Stockings filled with goodies and a Christmas tree will also be given, in addition to several presents for teens. A local women's knitting club also provides blankets and hats to the families. 
 
Last year, 608 students qualified for the program based on free- and reduced-lunch eligibility in the school district. 
 
"I get 600 smiles at Christmas time," said Duchesneau. "It's just amazing to see the smiles, and it's awesome to see the smiles of the parents." 

This year, donations are down, Duchesneau said, but she still hopes to help just as many students through the generosity of the community.
 
If you would like to donate funds, food or gifts, visit the All Teens Matter website here. If you shop through Amazon Smile, you can choose to have a portion of your sale donated to All Teens Matter. Be sure to use https://smile.amazon.com/ when shopping and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to an eligible charity of your choice.