Children in foster care need the reassurance that they have worth and that others in the community care for them. Participating in a conventional Christmas experience can help children through this difficult time in their lives. We expect Birth Families and Foster Families to buy a special present or two to strengthen those critical relationships, but without your help, many foster families may have difficulty managing the finances for other appropriate Christmas gifts, especially for sibling groups. Your generosity will help these children experience a more traditional Christmas, which will send a message that they are worthy of love and have support from the community, renewing their sense of self-worth and hope for the future.
This year will look different than years past. Due to COVID-19 and in an effort to limit exposure to our staff, community partners and foster families, we are not asking for gift donations, but rather either gift cards or monetary donations. Once collected, contributions will be given to each family, with a specified amount per child in Foster Care.
If you would like to contribute to the Christmas Wish List Project, gift cards or monetary donations should be delivered or mailed to Shenandoah Valley Social Services, no later than December 4, 2020. Preferred gift cards include Walmart, Amazon, Target and Visa. If making a monetary donation, please make checks payable to SVSS Foster Children’s Fund with a memo denoting Christmas Wish List Project.
Thank you for considering this request and for your generosity to the children.