Partnerships for Children’s Holiday Wishes program helps to create holiday memories for children served by CPS. Each child is able to submit three wishes that are then fulfilled through donations and sponsorships. In 2015, the program provided gifts to over 4700 children throughout Central Texas, and this year Partnerships for Children will surpass that number.
“This year we are breaking our records and we’re actually going to end up at about 4800 kids,” said Marcus Cantu, Business Manager for Partnerships for Children, in an interview with Spectrum News Austin last week.
With over 12,000 gifts in the warehouse, Partnerships for Children could not run this program without the help of community volunteers. From sorting and tagging gifts, to wrapping and shopping for them, the Holiday Wishes program offers many different opportunities and ways for volunteers to get involved.
This December, CFRP organized a department-wide toy and gift donation drive at the LBJ School of Public Affairs to benefit the children served by the Holiday Wishes program. LBJ students, staff, and faculty participated in the drive and last Tuesday a group from CFRP dropped off the donations and spent the afternoon volunteering to help sort and wrap gifts in the warehouse where we were truly humbled by our experience.
Partnerships for Children shared yesterday that it is “truly humbled by the vast amount of community support we received this year. We have provided three gifts to 4,800 children in Central Texas, and that number is growing with children coming into care over the next couple of weeks.”
For more information, visit Partnerships for Children’s website.
UPDATE: January 24, 2017: Partnerships for Children announced that they were able to provide three gifts to a total of 5,015 children in Central Texas.
Spectrum News Austin: Volunteers Making Kids’ Holiday Wishes Come True