A Holiday Celebration for Every Child – Holiday Celebrations & Gifts for Foster Children in NJ
It’s no wonder that children in foster care often feel different, and very much alone, especially during the holiday season. In some cases, foster children have memories of happier times with their biological families, before the abuse and neglect began; in other cases, they have never celebrated a holiday or received a gift, and they are simply overwhelmed.
FAFS’ Holiday Celebrations provide opportunities for foster children to connect with other children who share their experiences and “get it,” and in some cases, reunite with siblings placed in separate foster homes. They also reassure children in foster care, who have been removed from their families due to abuse and neglect, that there is a community who cares for and about them.
“My name is Dante and I am 8 years old. My brother’s name is Samuel and he is 6 years old. We went to the holiday party and were so happy that we went. It was so much fun. We got to play with other kids there that do not live with their mom just like us. We took my little sister Althea too. She is only 3 years old. She liked the hot dogs, chips and soda the best. We were so happy that we got to go the party. Thank you.”
Gifts for Foster Children – Gift Suggestions
At each celebration, thanks to the generosity of people like you, children in foster families (ages 0-21) receive a new holiday gift as part of the festivities. Many donors ask us what gifts for foster children we suggest. Children and youth in foster care are often emotionally or developmentally delayed due to the horrific experiences of abuse or neglect that they’ve suffered at the hands of their parents. A fifteen-year-old girl who has been physically abused may want a soft teddy bear to hug more than an mp3 player. Sometimes, these children’s experiences have the opposite effect, making them grow up faster. The nine-year old girl, who has felt forced to act as a parent to her younger siblings because of her mother’s neglect, may want a necklace more than a Barbie® doll. In order to ensure that every child receives a gift he/she wants or needs, FAFS asks donors to consider giving gift cards to stores such as Target or Wal-Mart during the holiday season.
Gift cards provide children living in foster homes a sense of control that many have never experienced, having come from the chaotic environment of abuse or neglect. Remember the first time you were given a gift card to a store and got to buy something for yourself? Maybe you knew exactly what you wanted, or maybe you spent a long time trying to decide. Remember how excited you were at being able to choose exactly what you wanted and how proud you felt “paying” for it with your own “money”? You can give children living in foster families that same feeling of excitement and anticipation, as well as the joy of getting the gift on their wish list this holiday season.
Bring Holiday Cheer to NJ Foster Children – Here’s how you can help:
- Make a monetary donation to aid in the purchase of food, paper products and other party items needed to make the holiday celebration enjoyable.
- Donate gift cards to popular stores for teens and children
- Donate new unwrapped gifts for children ages 0-18.
Learn about FAFS’ other foster children programs.
NJ Foster Parents: To attend A Holiday Celebration for Every Child with your family, please contact your Connecting Families Volunteer Chair or watch for your invitation in the mail this winter.
Gifts for A Holiday Celebration for Every Child are made possible by the generosity of our donors.
Availability is dependent upon amount of donations received.