CLARK’S CHRISTMAS KIDS
By John Berry, Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia
The week after Thanksgiving, on Thursday evening, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia will kick off its fourth year of partnership with Clark Howard, WSB, DFACS, and Walmart in Clark’s Christmas Kids. We are honored, thrilled, and grateful to a part of this amazing charitable effort that for 27 years has helped ensure that every child in the foster care in the State of Georgia wakes up on Christmas morning with presents under the tree and joy in their hearts.
This year, almost 10,000 children are in the Clark’s Christmas Kids program and will receive three presents purchased by the generous people of Georgia. That number is an increase from last year; just as last year’s number was higher than 2016. The opioid crisis has driven the number of kids in foster care higher and higher. The Department of Family and Children’s Services needs more people who will become foster parents. The desire and open heart to support children and families are among the most important criteria for becoming a Foster Parent. The ability to act as a positive role model, parent, mentor, and provide constant support to children while their families rebuild is the foundation of this program. You can find out more about how becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent at: http://fostergeorgia.com/
You can also help us make Clark’s Christmas Kids a success, and help make Christmas for the kids, in many ways. Shop for a kid or kids at one of the nine live remotes that will be held. Or you can work with us as a volunteer at one of them, or at the warehouse where we’ll process, sort, and prepare over 30,000 toys for delivery to more that 130 counties across the State. Or make a donation to help us ‘fill in the blanks’ by purchasing toys to complete the children’s wish lists.
Go to https://www.svdpgeorgia.org/christmaskids/ to volunteer or find out more
or https://dfcs.georgia.gov/secret-santa-program to donate.
We need your help!