Community residents and local businesses have come together to ensure children who are in foster care are not forgotten this holiday season.
Santa’s elves delivered thousands of toys to the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) this week as part of Hope for the Holidays, an annual gift program for children and teens in foster care. More than 4,000 youth are expected to receive gifts this holiday season.
Donors have the option of purchasing their toys online and mailing them to the DCFS office or hand-delivering their gifts. Dozens of businesses and organizations personally delivered toys and stocking stuffers to the Agency this week.
One such business is Frantz Ward LLP, a Cleveland based law firm donated more than 60 toys to the program.
“(Hope for the Holiday) is a great way to give to kids who may not be able to have gifts on their own from parents,” said Nan Arian, an attorney with Frantz Ward LLP.
Arain said her participation in the toy drives gives her an opportunity to be a part of the holiday season as well as doing her part to bring some holiday cheer to foster homes.
“We wanted to support the County with what they’re doing,” Arian added.
Basketballs and dolls aren’t the only thing foster children will receive. More than 40 tablets were donated as well as toys and other items from Vitamix, a local company that manufactures high-performance blenders and accessories for commercial kitchens.
Hanna Steinker, a spokesperson for Vitamix, said Hope for the Holidays is “near and dear,” to us and reflects their commitment to the wellbeing of others, especially children living in nearby communities.
“Vitamix is passionate about helping families year-round, but the holidays are a special time of year when many of us think about giving back. This year has been difficult for many, but generosity and kindness can make all the difference and lift holiday spirits,” said Steinker.
The gifts will be passed out during a special drive-thru event for foster care families on Saturday, December 11th. If you are interested in donating and/or volunteering for the 2022 Hope for the Holidays campaign, contact the DCFS email email@example.com or call 216-881-4150.