Help Make the Holidays Special for Kids
in Foster Care
Darren DaRonco, Public Information Officer
Phoenix (September 13, 2018)-
Imagine that it is the holiday season.
You are a small child waking up in a strange bed, in an unfamiliar room, in a house full of people you don’t know.
You have no idea what’s going to happen next, and when you will see your parents again.
You wonder, will Santa be able to find me? Does this family celebrate my holiday? Will I get presents this year?
Or imagine that you are a teenager without parents.
You have aged out of foster care, and do not have a family of your own.
Will it be another holiday hoping that a friend will extend an invitation?
You are working and going to college, but money is tight, and you wonder how you are going to afford some of the necessities for your new apartment.
It would be nice to know that you are not forgotten.
These scenarios represent the circumstances for thousands of children in foster care right here in our state.
To help bring some joy to these children and teens this holiday, the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) is partnering with Arizona businesses through its Giving Tree Program.
The Giving Tree allows members of the community to give back by purchasing gifts for children in foster care.
A Giving Tree with removable leaves can be hung up in a business office or lobby.
Each leaf provides a child’s name, age, gender, sizes and wish list item.
Employees or clients can remove a leaf from the tree and purchase gifts with that child in mind.
DCS will make arrangements for pickup. Then items will be wrapped and delivered directly to the child through their DCS Specialist.
You and your business can make a difference in a child’s life this holiday season.
If you are interested in learning more about The Giving Tree, please contact DCS by emailing [email protected].