Giving Tree - Choose your Gift!
Our child welfare system is overburdened and needs the support of the larger community around them - especially during the holiday season when days can feel especially lonely.
One of the ways we do this is through our annual Giving Tree Campaign that purchases gifts for foster/kinship families & social workers.
When we started this, we heard directly from the agencies that foster families greatest need was useful gifts like gift cards to help buy items needed for the children.
Social workers have caseloads that are overwhelming, especially right now. The Wawa gift cards are given to the social workers to show our gratitude for the tiring and often overlooked work they do. We deliver the gift cards along with thank you cards to be an encouragement that people in their community care about them.
There are many programs during the holidays focused on giving gifts to children in foster care, but children in kinship care do not have the same resources even when their caregivers are low-income. So we are partnering again with Children's Choice this year to provide gifts for kinship families in need. The caseworkers have talked with the family and written down 3 present ideas for each child, then you shop and wrap the gifts! If you're interested in this, email: email@example.com to receive an "angel".
Prison fellowship angel tree
Purchase a gift for a child whose parent is incarcerated - these will be emailed out through our CarePortal platform. You can sign up to be a part of our CarePortal network as an individual or as a church here so you get the emails: www.careportal.org/meet-needs
Thank you so much for your generous gift of two gift cards. We are blown away by this blessing. We will be using the Target one for diapers. The Amazon one will be put to good use for shoes, books & other fun stuff. - Foster Parent
Thank you so much for the Starbucks gift!! I truly appreciate your kind words and thoughtfulness behind the work that we do for our families. As always we could not do this work without your consistent help, so thank you for EVERYTHING you contribute to our team. - Case Worker