The holidays can be a tough time for a child in the Foster Care system. While other kids are looking forward to fun family activities and receiving lots of gifts, many of CARING for Children’s foster children are left to wonder why they can’t be together with their own families.
Some are too young to understand that abuse and neglect don’t mean love and just want to be home for the holidays. Others are older but have lowered their expectations for a “Merry Christmas.”
CARING for Children, a program of Eckerd, is looking for some good-hearted citizens to play Secret Santa to 125 kids right here in Western North Carolina. CARING for Children is currently asking the children in our foster care program and each of our residential group homes to make out a Christmas Wish List. These children range in age from 1-month old to 21 years. In addition, we have approximately 10 underprivileged families that need your help to have a nice holiday.
Once we receive the completed Wish lists on Nov. 14, the foster program will need Secret Santas (sponsors) to provide some or all of the items requested by each child.
Secret Santa gifts should to be delivered by Dec. 19 to the CARING for Children offices, located at 50 Reddick Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. Anyone interested in helping make a child’s Christmas wish come true, email HolidayProject@Caring4Children.org or call 828-785-1590.
For more information call Terri Bowman, Development Director of CARING for Children at 828-785-1590 or 828-231-9549
Story originally published in “The Bitmore Beacon” on 10/23/2014