For the seventh year, The Junior League of Stark County will be providing Christmas for area youth who are aging out of the foster care program. We work with the independent living coordinator for Children Services, who provides us names of the young people who are working hard to manage as young adults, all on their own. I’ve met some of the young people we’ve helped in the past but generally speaking, our interaction with them is more like a secret Santa … or rather, guardian angels. What we do for them, at this time of year, provides hope, inspiration and hopefully motivation to live a life that matters.
Here’s how it works: one Santa is assigned to each young person. That Santa then serves as the point person with the elves. The goal is to reduce duplication, and manage what’s being bought. We need many elves. As an elf, you sign up to buy what you’d like for your young person. There are NO OBLIGATIONS in regards to what is spent. Whatever you are able and willing to do, will be met with gratitude and appreciation!
All gifts need to be wrapped or in gift bags, with the name of the recipient clearly marked on the outside. When we make delivery, there are LOTS of gifts – having the items clearly marked helps a ton in making sure everything gets to the right person. Delivery will take place in early December. All gifts need to be given to your Santa, or dropped off at Junior League HQ by December 13. The gifts will be taken to Children Services who then gets the gifts to our young people.