Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of a supportive and generous Village danced in their heads ...
Thanks to the generosity of this amazing village, we were able to sponsor every wish list item for boys living in a local group home this Christmas! We've also delivered warm coats, clothes, beds, toys, furniture, a Christmas tree, Welcome Packs, and other necessities to over 100 children this year. All because this village of folks (y'all!) have stepped up to give and volunteer your time and resources. What a gift it is to do this with you all!
If you are still looking for opportunities to give to children in need this season, we've created an Amazon Wish List for children in kinship care. Kinship care is when family members or friends step in as foster parents. The major difference is that these families do not receive any financial support from the state like a traditional foster family does. Often times these families will take in entire sets of siblings and have to suddenly figure out how to stretch their household budget to cover all of the additional expenses.
Foster Village has had the privilege of coming alongside some of these kinship families and we hope to rally some support and encouragement for them this holiday season.
We have made up a list of Wish List Items that we collected from these kiddos and siblings in the home. Feel free to pick anything from this list (linked below and on our Facebook page) and it will be wrapped and delivered to that child!
And if you're local and interested in giving the gift of service, we'd love to have you join us for a wrapping party on December 17th. We'll be wrapping and sorting dozens of wish list gifts, so bring along a roll of wrapping paper, your favorite scissors, and any little elves who'd like to help! The sign-up for the wrapping party is here (space will be limited).
If you want to do both- purchase off of the Wish List + come to the wrapping party, then feel free to ship the items to your home and bring them along to the wrapping party.
We are so very grateful for this community and how very engaged and generous you all have been! The families and children we are serving have been overwhelmingly grateful for all of the donations and support as well. Keep up the great work, Village!
Warm Hugs and Hot Cocoa,