This holiday season in lieu of sending traditional cards, we donated gift cards, stocking stuffers, and wrapped gifts for children from Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California. Crittenton is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. We participated in the following programs:
The Angel Tree Program – A gifting program that allows donors to connect with a child to make their wish come true. Each child has been assisted by his or her therapist or social worker to create a holiday wish list. We purchased the wish list items and wrapped them up. The items included a baby bath tub and soaps, sherpa blanket and fuzzy socks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys, a hooded sweater and clothes, a V-tech drum set, and Baby Alive toys.
Gift Cards for Teens – This program helps provide a “normal” experience for teens, so they can participate in the opportunity to join with friends and grab a coffee or a treat. Teens can enjoy the season and not be left out of a teenage tradition. We gave gift cards to Starbucks, McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Subway, and Taco Bell.
Stocking Sponsorship - Many of the kids and teens of Crittenton have never awakened on Christmas morning to a holiday stocking. We filled up handmade stockings with items based on the children’s interests.
We hope to bring smiles to children and families in need. If you are interested in participating in one these programs for the next holiday season, please let us know. To find out more about their services and what they do, here’s their link: https://crittentonsocal.org/
Have a wonderful holiday season!
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