VICTIMIZED CHILDREN'S FIRST CHRISTMAS WISH IS TO BE SAFE, LOVED, AND CONNECTED!
By giving experienced-based gifts of art, culture, education, & pure joy to traumatized children, we empower monumental moments that reveal a brilliant, possible world that will stay with them for a lifetime!
3 Types of Experience-Based Gifts
Things to Do
Create Out of the Home Experiences
Passes, tickets, or certificates to have experiences outside of the home allows children to create new memories, expand possibilities, deepen relationships, & create opportunities to expand their world in group settings
Gift cards, certificates, vouchers, or coupons to restaurants or coffee shops allow traumatized children to have heartfelt and focused connection, relationships, and desperately needed time in a one-on-one setting
Fun & Games
Create In the Home
Family focused games, toys, & supplies to have experiences inside of the home allows children to create new memories, deepen their relationships & create connection and trust with their caregivers
Available to families who foster kids, have adopted, or provide a home for endangered or at-risk children.
FOSTER/ADOPT FAMILIES ENROLLMENT
A Special Note
As a team, when we discussed a Christmas drive for traumatized children, we all knew that we didn't want to do a standard toy drive. There are so many other organizations already providing toys for Christmas, we wanted to instead focus on gifts of the heart and things that would help the children and their caregivers throughout the year. As experienced frontline warriors ourselves we know that victimized children long for and desperately need "connection". Often due to children's traumatic backgrounds, this means needing to find creative ways to "connect" with them, and often. Experience-based gifts tend to cost significantly and are beyond the regular budgets of frontline caretakers who are already giving so much to children in need.
So our First Wish Christmas drive, is focused on meeting Children's First Wishes by providing innovative EXPERIENCED-BASED GIFTS to deepen their connections and relationships. We do this by giving monumental and relationship-building experiences in both group and one-on-one settings outside and inside the home. Giving the gift of connection and a feeling of love will last that child a lifetime!
Thank you for joining us in giving gifts of the heart!
The 10.18 Strategy Team
Frequently asked questions
Why do children in crisis need relationship-based experiences?
Why does increasing a caretaker's time make things better for a traumatized child?
Can I sponsor a child or frontline family that I know?
How do I buy or send something?
There are specific things we know that children want and need. We have created registries with Amazon where items can be purchased. If you feel more comfortable with purchasing an item please go to our Christmas Wish List to make a purchase.