Due to new regulations that were put through on DHS, county lines have moved, which means right now fewer foster children are signed up for the Secret Santa program. This is something that worries CAB board members.
“We are still working very closely with DHS and the social workers that if we have helped families in the past, that they aren’t to be forgotten because we don’t want a child that has had a Christmas before to not get that Christmas because the county lines have changed,” Wilson said.
CAB board members also are hoping that this year an individual would step up and help purchase gift cards for the teenagers that are in foster care. In the past, few in the community have wanted to donate cards, which meant that CAB would be responsible for making those requests.
“We would rather our funds go to these other special needs that we are offering. We probably fill about $20,000 a year in gift card request. A lot of the reason teenagers request that is that is the only time of year they get to go shopping. A lot of it is that they have siblings that they will use their gift card and go shop for because they don’t have any other way to have income. Those are the kids that really break my heart because they want a gift card that they can go buy for somebody else,” Wilson said.
Other items that CAB always sees a need for are bike helmets, batteries and gift wrapping supplies.
“A lot of times they don’t have those wrapping supplies. If someone would like to donate 50 rolls of wrapping paper or things of tape or bows so that these foster parents can wrap gifts,” Wilson said. “As a board, obviously we don’t mind spending that, but at the same time if we could help a family with diapers or air conditioning.”