Wed, November 21, 2018
Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) is seeking help in bringing the holidays to hundreds of Central Florida children and families. Donations of food and gifts are needed to support up to 1,700 children in foster care and local families in need this holiday season.
CBCCF, the lead agency responsible for child welfare services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, would like to provide 75 families in its tri-county service area with Thanksgiving dinners. Most of these donations will go to participants in the Pathways to Home program, which prioritizes immediate shelter and long-term stability for families with children who are homeless, or on the verge of homelessness.
“The holidays are often called the most wonderful time of the year, but for many families, it’s a reminder of what they don’t have,” said Glen Casel, president and CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida. “Our goal is to make sure every child in foster care has a gift to open this holiday season and every family has a delicious meal.”
Donations can be dropped off at 4001 Pelee Street, Orlando, Florida, 32817 now through December 17 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Requested items include:
· Stuffing mix
· Cranberry sauce
· Rolls or cornbread mix
· Green beans and/or corn
· Pumpkin pie
· Powdered potatoes
· Gift cards to local grocery stores
In addition to food items, the nonprofit is collecting toys and gifts to be distributed to children of all ethnicities, ranging in age from newborn to 17. Individual and business sponsors are also sought to fulfill the three-item wish lists of older youth transitioning out of foster care.
“We have found our 18- to 23-year-olds in extended foster care all too often get overlooked during the holidays because they’re considered adults,” said Maureen Brockman, vice president of CBC Foundation. “Going through the holidays without a ‘forever family’ is tough. More than anything, we want them to enjoy the same holiday magic as everyone else.”