Holidays have particular meaning to a child who has come from abuse, neglect or abandonment into a safe, loving family, and who is for the first time able to know the pleasures of childhood.
Again this year, many generous people in communities around the state are helping make sure the season brings joy to young hearts. On December 15, a Kinship Center adopted teenager in Orange County who still remembers what it was like not to have a family will deliver hundreds of toys to he has collected in his community to Kinship Center for distribution to children in need. On December 5 Kinship Center’s Salinas-based volunteer auxiliary lent their capable hands at a celebration for more than 200 adoptive and foster children and their families. The Monterey Regional Fire District (photo shown, courtesy of The Salinas Californian)) will host a fire safety holiday party with Santa on December 19 for several hundred children with past trauma whose extended relatives are being helped by Kinship Center to give them stable homes.
Around the state gifts of toys, food, holiday dinners and basic necessities have been donated by local businesses, community groups, school groups and individuals to help families struggling to care for children with the scars of past trauma. Kinship Center’s Gabilan Chapter Auxiliary in San Benito County provided dozens of gift cards for families, and a special second grade class collected more than $600 for warm pajamas and slippers for children.
Kinship Center has also been selected as a participating charity in this year’s “Monterey County Gives!” holiday campaign. Cash donations made in this way come to Kinship Center along with matching funds of at least 20%. Those wishing to help can visit montereycountygives.com and choose Kinship Center in the “Community & Social Service” section, to help provide for a child this season. For children who are waiting for a safe, permanent family, a gift of dollars to Kinship Center is a gift of love to a child. With this help, Kinship Center can find and sustain a “forever” family for every waiting child.
Kinship Center wishes to thank all who are reaching out this year to help make the holidays special for children.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.kinshipcenter.org or call (831) 455-9965.