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Holiday Effort 2018

Caring for Children's main fundraising activity is its annual Holiday Effort. 22 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 22nd Anniversary helping children and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses during the all-important holiday season. AND, last year we had over 1,000 volunteers, 10+ Corporate sponsorships, and reached a milestone in helping over 450 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.

There are several ways to participate in our 2018 Holiday Effort and to make a difference in the lives of the children that Caring for Children helps. 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 around $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. 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.

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, Old Navy, Marshall's, TJ Maxx, Target, or K-Mart. In Massachusetts, the following grocery stores are appropriate choices: Star Market/Shaw's, Stop and Shop, 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.

Wrapping Party
The Wrapping Party will be on Sunday December 9th from 12-4 PM at the Lexington Field House on the grounds of Lexington High School. We have held the event at this location the last several years, and it is a large space that offers a lot of opportunities for wrapping, socializing and providing fun activities for the kids. Given the success of our last 22 years, we are hoping to get as many people to attend to celebrate the fantastic efforts of so many over the years, so I will be sending out more details about the Wrapping Party soon. If you cannot make the WP please contact me so that we can discuss an alternative option for you to deliver your gifts for distribution.

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 your wrapped gift basket. For detailed wrapping instructions, please visit the website or click on this link:

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