VICTIMIZED CHILDREN'S FIRST CHRISTMAS WISH IS TO BE SAFE, LOVED, AND CONNECTED!
Many abused and neglected children have NEVER experienced simple holiday traditions like baking cookies or decorating Christmas trees. Far too many haven't even felt love or safety. Our First Wish Christmas Drive is all about giving these precious children their wish for family, connection, & hope this holiday season!
A Special Note
As a team, when we discussed a Christmas drive for families, we all knew we wanted to do something different. State-contracted agencies and other organizations already provide Christmas gifts of toys and clothes to the children. As experienced frontline families who have cared for victimized children, we have found that toys and clothes are blessings, but the "gift of connection" is a gift that is priceless. 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 families 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 GIFTS to deepen their connections and relationships. We do this by giving relationship-building experiences (i.e. zoo, ballgames, museums, etc), increased time to caregivers (time-saving memberships, etc), or something that satisfies the longing of a child's heart (child-specified activity or item). Giving the gift of connection and a feeling of love will last that child a lifetime!
We are honored to have you join us in giving gifts of the heart!
The 10.18 Strategy Team
Our goal is to gift First Christmas Wishes to 50 Families / 300 children, BUT we need your help!
100% of donations go to the kids and families
Experience-based gifts provide memories that last a lifetime
Gifts have year-round benefits when needed most
Specified donations to a particular child or family are available
Donations are tax-deductible
Items can be purchased from Amazon or Walmart registries vs cash donations
Unused or partially used gift cards can be mailed to our home office address below
Frequently asked questions
Why do children in crisis need relationship-based experiences?
Why does increasing a foster/adopt parent's time make things better for a traumatized child?
Why are gifts that focus on satisfying the longing of a child's heart important?
Can I sponsor a frontline foster/adopt 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 and Walmart where items can be purchased. If you feel more comfortable with purchasing an item please go to our links page and click on the desired registry.
How do you maximize the donations made?
How do time-saving memberships help victimized children?
What are some examples of heart-longing gifts?
Unused or Partially Used
Simply mail cards to us at:
705B SE Melody Lane, #114
Lees Summit, MO 64081