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2020 in Photos: A Look Back at the Impact You Made

As 2020 comes to a close, and we look back on this extraordinary year, so many emotions come to the surface. And so many moments stand out.

The year 2020 will of course be remembered for the global pandemic that caused a tragic loss of life in countries around the world — an event never before seen in most of our lifetimes. It will be remembered for the days that turned to weeks that turned to months spent in quarantine and isolation from our friends, colleagues, classmates and loved ones. In the U.S., it will be remembered for the Black Lives Matter movement and months-long protests in the streets, a polarizing election and raging wildfires that burned in the West.

Everywhere, 2020 will be remembered for the personal tragedies that far too many of us experienced as a result of the massive global tragedy called COVID.

Everywhere, it will be remembered for the personal tragedies that far too many of us experienced as a result of the massive global tragedy called COVID.

But for Holt, and for many other organizations devoted to doing good around the world, the year 2020 also showed how a shared crisis can unite and motivate and bring out the absolute best in all of us — the best in you. From the beginning, when Holt was among the first organizations called to help protect children endangered by the outbreak of a new virus in Wuhan, you overwhelmed both us and our partners in China with your response. In the months that followed, as the novel coronavirus outbreak became a global pandemic affecting children and families in every country where Holt works, you continued to give and give and give — even as the virus reached the U.S. and a global crisis became a local one.

You showed time and again that we truly were, and are, all in this together.

It feels like not enough to just say thank you for everything you did to help children and families in need this year. We want to show you the faces of the people you helped, and the lives you literally saved, through your generous and heartfelt and selfless giving throughout this unbelievable year.

2020 was an extraordinary and unprecedented year for many reasons, not least of which was the kindness, compassion and hope we witnessed from you. Amid all this loss, all this heartbreak, you never forgot those most vulnerable — the children and families we serve together with you. And that is something we, too, will never forget as we look back on the year 2020.

We are humbled by you.

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