Kind to Kids brings happier holiday to foster children

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Kind to Kids Foundation Helps Delaware Community Come Together

Kind to Kids works with the community so that members can give a gift to a Delaware foster child this holiday season.
 

Every child should have a happy holiday season. But in Delaware, there are over 700 children who have been removed from their homes for their own safety because they have been abused, beaten or neglected. One agency, Kind to Kids Foundation, is making sure that each of these children has a happy holiday.

“Kind to Kids helps people in our community come together to help Delaware’s foster children all throughout the year, but especially during the holidays,” says Caroline Jones, Founder and Executive Director. “The gifts benefit the neediest children who live right here in our community, and bring them joy during a difficult time in their young lives.”

Kind to Kids accepts new, unwrapped toys for foster children from infants to 18 years old. The toys are unwrapped, because this allows the children to pick out a toy that they want for their very own. “You may find a 16 year old foster teen picking out a Barbie doll because she has never had one,” explains Caroline, “and the children are so thankful!”

Suggestions for toys are everything from wooden toys and stuffed animals to soccer balls, arts and crafts and Mp3players are helpful. Gift cards are welcomed for the older teens, and hats and gloves are always needed. Kind to Kids’  goal is to obtain enough toys for every child in Delaware’s foster care system.

Thanks to their continued partnership with Barnes and Noble, Christiana Mall, Kind to Kids will bring the gift of reading to the children. Barnes and Nobles’ Kind to Kids Book Drive is going on all through December. Since the drive began, the store has already obtained over 1,000 new books for Delaware foster children, and they are on target to get up to three books for each child! For many of the foster children, these will be the first books of their very own.

Organizations such as Associated Builders and Contractors of Delaware, Charter School of Wilmington, Girls Scouts of Delaware, neighborhoods, churches, banks, and many other groups are currently working hard to collect toys for Kind to Kids. The organization will be distributing toys and books to NCC foster children at a Division of Family Services foster care party on Saturday, December 15th. They will also distribute toys and books to NCC, Kent and Sussex foster care agencies throughout the holiday season.

 blankKind to Kids helps Delaware foster children pick out a special holiday toy.

In 2011, Kind to Kids Foundation obtained enough toys and books for all the 800 children in Delaware’s foster care system during the holidays, and distributed them to the children through Delaware’s Division of Family Services and foster care agencies.

To give a monetary donation, online giving at www.kindtokids.org , or mail to Kind to Kids Foundation, 100 West 10th St., Suite 606, Wilmington, DE 19806. For questions, or to arrange a time to drop off toys at the Kind to Kids Foundation office contact Caroline Jones, Executive Director at 302-654-5440.

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