Children and teens in foster care have often been removed from the home because they have experienced abuse or neglect, and it is unsafe for them to continue living there. As a result, enjoying holiday traditions with family may not be possible, and many youth in this situation often go without receiving gifts during the holiday season. To make their season brighter, KVC’s Holiday Heroes Program enlists the help of individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the community to provide gifts for youth in foster care.
Over the 2019 holiday season, generous individuals, groups and organizations partnered with us to give gifts to more than 3,300 Kansas children and teens served by family preservation, foster care and aftercare programs. These Holiday Heroes donated 21,000+ new toys, clothes, games and more to make the holidays special for these youth. Providing gifts is a wonderful way for the community to support families who have reintegrated, are fostering or have adopted, and show these children that they matter.
We’re so proud of our Community Outreach and Child Placing Agency staff for putting in several extra hours to coordinate the wish lists, collection and delivery of gifts to all these youth! They truly went above and beyond for children and families.
Donating gifts through our Holiday Hero program is just one way to help vulnerable children and support families in crisis. We have several opportunities to get involved throughout the year – all you need to do is decide which works best for you! Perhaps the most profound way you can make a difference is to foster or adopt a child or teen. If fostering or adopting isn’t for you, consider donating, volunteering or sharing our posts on Facebook.