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Help Needed to Make Holiday Wishes Come True for Texas Foster Kids

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There’s a reason for the season, and generally, it’s centered around love, caring, and respect for your fellow man. Partnerships for Children takes this further than the words themselves, and they focus their efforts on a year-round operation as opposed to once annually. For 14 years, this Lone Star State non-profit has been providing critical resources to abused and neglected children in central Texas. In addition to their regular service contingent, however, they’ve also been making the holiday season a little bit brighter for kids in the care of Child Protective Services. They do so through their Holiday Wishes program.

To meet the needs of their program participants, Partnerships for Children is in need of additional donations between now and Sunday, December 9. They not only feel, like many of their supporters, that every child deserves the basics that we often take for granted, but also that they too have special wishes that would be a blessing to have fulfilled. Their Holiday Wishes program allows each child in the care of Child Protective Services to submit three specific wishes that are fulfilled through the generosity and support of businesses and individuals in the Texas Hill Country.

Help Needed to Make Holiday Wishes Come True for Texas Foster Kids

Photo: Facebook/Partnerships for Children

In an effort to make their Holiday Wishes come true, each gift is wrapped and given to each child’s caseworker in order to be delivered by Christmas. To do so, donations are needed this year by December 9, in order to ensure efficient and effective delivery. (Hey, even Santa Claus has help from an entire team of elves and reindeer! Likewise, Partnerships for Children relies on the assistance of benevolent community and business partners for the same goal). Approximately 58% of the 5,000 children who are served by the Holiday Wishes program are already sponsored, but this year, there are an additional 1,500 wishlists which are expected to come during this last week of the program. To date, approximately 35% of the unfulfilled sponsorships are for teenagers, as teens don’t tend to get sponsored as often as the little kids do. If you could recall where you, yourself, were as a teen, perhaps you too could find it in your heart to relate.

Help Needed to Make Holiday Wishes Come True for Texas Foster Kids
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