Saturday, November 25, 2006

Little Wishes

I found the following post here. Wow--what an amazing way to share some joy!

Baggage writes:

"The program is called Little Wishes. It is a program in the St Louis area which grants Christmas wishes to children in foster care. The wishes vary from action figures, art supplies, popcorn parties, sweaters, a class ring, and art lessons.

"In Missouri, most foster parents receive less than $300 dollars a month for foster children. That money has to pay for everything the child needs. Many people are under the false assumption that you can make money doing foster care, however, $300 dollars doesn't begin to pay for just the basics, much less compensate a foster parent for the time they spend caring for the children. Most foster parents aren't rich. They just want to help a child. In addition, many children are living in group homes or residential homes like Bug was, and they don' t have foster parents to buy them any Christmas gifts.

"When Bug gave to live with me, she came with two pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, and a suitcase of clothes that didn't fit her. She had a few dolls, a book, and a pack of play dough. She had never taken dance lessons, gone to mall and picked out a wardrobe, or got to go to an amusement park.

"There are over 1,000 waiting children in the St Louis area alone.
If you would like to grant a wish,
click here. You can also help by purchasing holiday cards. The money goes to help the Little Wishes program.

"Also, if you are going to do any online shopping, please do it through this page.

"Each time you do, the online store will donate a portion of the money to Little Wishes. For instance, if you shop at Amazon through that page, 12 to 15% of your total order will be donated.

"You can choose a wish by category, child's name or price. Also, there is an option for you to donate additional money in order to help the cover the cost of finding families for children who are waiting to be adopted. You can also give a present in the name of someone else, and the organization will send you a card to give to the recipient.

"Please, please consider donating to this very worthy cause. Please tell your friends and family. "

I couldn't have said it better myself. Using the links above, I've already bought an art kit and a "make-your-own-calendar" kit for two teenagers. What gifts are you going to send?