PARKLAND, FL- Jeff and Alexa Goldrich are a unique couple. They've made serving others a way of life and an important value they hope to instill in their family. "As our own kids have grown up, it has been even more important for us to help them understand the gifts they have been given and the importance of trying to help others," stated Jeff Goldrich.
The Parkland couple has been involved in charity work for a long time, but it was the loss of their niece, Maya Macey, just four days after her birth that prompted them to give back more in her memory. "We wanted to make sure that even though her life was short, she would never be forgotten," Jeff shared.
Out of Maya's brief but beautiful life grew a legacy of serving others and changing lives. In 2002, Maya's parents, David and Shari Macey, along with their extended family started The Maya Macey Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to honor their daughter and keep her spirit alive. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing scholarships for students that have overcome adversity and hardships in their lives yet continue to pursue their dreams. To date, the Maya Macey Foundation has awarded over 75 scholarships and granted in excess of $300,000 in scholarship awards. "One amazing young woman received a scholarship, graduated from the University of Miami and named her daughter Maya. That is one of the most special moments of my life," added Jeff.
Today, Jeff and Alexa with sons Chase, 8, and Grant, 5, find ways to give back regularly to those in need. The family is involved in several service projects in Parkland. They volunteer to pack lunches for the homeless, supply backpacks with school supplies, and provide Halloween costumes with candy for at risk youth. They also make Mother's Day gifts for women in distress. "We have been very fortunate to live a beautiful lifestyle. It is very important to us that our children understand that not everyone has the same circumstances," stated Jeff. Jeff and Alexa are leading by example and their sons are noticing. Chase, age 8, created a lemonade stand following the MSD tragedy and donated the proceeds to help the victims and their families. It was a proud moment for Jeff and Alexa as parents to know that their son wanted to help those who were suffering.
Generosity and giving back is a way of life for the Goldrich family. They have seen lives change through their daily giving and the Maya Macey Foundation. "These types of incredible moments are great reminders of the joys of helping others," summarized Goldrich.
For more information visit: http://www.mayamaceyfoundation.org