Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Clark Howard, and WSB conducted the first four of nine scheduled Clark’s Christmas Kids events at Walmart stores in Roswell, Dunwoody, and East Cobb. The Christmas Kids Program is a program of the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services and provides Christmas gifts for children in foster care in Georgia. This year we have over 8100 children registered in the program through DFACS. Each of those children will receive three gifts at Christmas thanks to the generosity of the thousands of people who shop for them at these events, and the hundreds of volunteers who work the events.
This is the 26th year that Clark Howard and his WSB radio show team have given their time and talent to make these events a success. Other WSB radio and TV on air personalities participate and attend the live remotes with Clark.
This is the second year that we at St. Vincent de Paul have managed the program for DFACS. Last year we provided gifts for over 6700 children. This year’s increase, according to Bobby Cagle, DFACS Commissioner, can be directly attributed to the increase in crime associated with heroin, opiate, and meth addiction in Georgia. This epidemic is becoming a crisis in our State, if it not already is. Innocent children are losing their homes, their families, and their stability due to the terrible evil of drug addiction.
Thanks to the dedication and commitment of the many families that have become Foster Parents these children have hope and have a future. The love and support that foster parents provide to children of all ages – from infants to teenagers – saves them from abandonment and despair. But we need more people to step up and support our children in need. If you think that you might be interested in information about the foster care program, contact DFACS. They would love to talk to you!