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Holiday Effort 2020

Caring for Children's main fundraising activity is its annual Holiday Effort. 23 Years ago the charity started with such humble beginnings as 40 volunteers took care of 25 children, and now we are incredibly proud to be celebrating our 24th Anniversary helping children and families dealing with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses during the all-important holiday season. During the 2019 Holiday Effort, we had over 1,000 volunteers, 15+ Corporate sponsorships, and eclipsed a milestone in helping over 550+ children and raising the most donations ever.

Caring for Children utilizes the generosity of our monetary donations to not only provide additional support during the holidays to children who are not directly sponsored, but also to fund our year-round educational and enrichment activities.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic will require some adjustments to the effort, the effort is moving full-steam ahead as the children need our support and assistance more than ever. There are several ways to participate in our 2020 Holiday Effort and to make a difference in the lives of these children. ALL donation/sponsor options below are tax deductible. To learn more about Caring for Children's 501(c)(3) tax deductible status.

Sponsor a Child or Family

This donation option allows a volunteer or a group of volunteers to sponsor a child or a family. All volunteers who sponsor a child will receive a personal profile on the child they are assigned which has been written by the child's social worker. The personal profile includes clothing sizes, special interests, and "special requests." Based on the charity's mission, the sponsor's main priority is to meet the child's clothing needs. Once these needs are met, the sponsor may choose to complement these essentials with items included in the special requests section.

Caring for Children does not begrudge the generosity of our sponsors, nor do we put boundaries on how the children are cared for. However, based on our experiences over the past 20+ years, the Foundation believes/recommends that to sponsor a child requires a minimum of $150+ per child to ensure a level of equity between all the children within a family. As a volunteer sponsoring a child, we are happy to have you sponsor a child or multiple children on your own or as part of a team.

Monetary Donation

A monetary donation can be made in any amount to Caring for Children, and it is completely tax deductible. All monetary donations are used to provide for basic needs (i.e., clothing, food, and standard family living requirements) for these children and their families during the holiday effort, and/or to provide educational and enrichment opportunities (i.e., after school programs, summer camps, tutoring, etc.) throughout the year.

Monetary donations can be made via credit card or check by mailing it directly to the Caring for Children address.

Gift Certificate Donation

This donation option allows a volunteer to make a gift certificate donation to Caring for Children. There are a variety of different gift certificates to choose from, and all gift certificates will be utilized to help the children during the holidays or throughout the year. More information on this option can be found here.

Based on Caring for Children's mission, we recommend that any gift certificates that are donated be focused on clothing or food/groceries. Some excellent options are Wal-Mart, Target, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Marshall's, American Eagle, or other adolescent clothes stores. In Massachusetts, the following grocery stores are appropriate choices: Stop and Shop, Star Market/Shaw's, or Victory. In Upstate New York, the following grocery stores are appropriate choices: Price Chopper or Hannaford.

Gift Basket for an Adolescent

This is an excellent option for a volunteer/volunteers who want to help a child in need but have time constraints in shopping for the clothing and other gifts required in sponsoring a child. This donation option, an adolescent gift basket, will provide you with a story on an adolescent boy or girl, and will provide you with the basic elements (primarily gift cards) for assembling an appropriate gift basket. A typical gift basket will run $100-$150, and can be handled individually or by a team. We follow a number of adolescents, and recognize the challenges in purchasing tangible gifts for them. Therefore, if this option works for you then your efforts will certainly be put to good use.

Gift Drop-Off Event

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be able to have the traditional Wrapping Party this year, so we will have a Gift Drop-Off Event the weekend of December 11-13th. The site of the event and exact date and time is to-be-determined, but I will let all participants know the details when it is worked out. Attendance at the Drop-Off Event is not mandatory, and we can work out alternative drop-off options if you cannot make the event.

Wrapping Instructions
Each child has a unique "code" number, and this code is extremely important for tracking and delivering gifts. Please make sure that the child's individual code is on all wrapped gifts. For detailed wrapping instructions, please visit this link:

Amazon Smile Partnership with Caring for Children

The Caring for Children Foundation has partnered with Amazon Smile to enable all of your Amazon purchases to have a percentage (.5%) go to the Caring for Children Foundation. How it works is easy, simply click on this link - - and you will get directed to shopping on Amazon through the Caring for Children Foundation page with Amazon Smile and everything you purchase either for the child you are sponsoring OR in-general throughout the year will have the percentage of your purchases go to Caring for Children. It’s a great way to double-dip on the gifts you are purchasing for your sponsored child, and to support Caring for Children’s year-round efforts whenever you are shopping on Amazon throughout the year.

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