Every little bit helps!

During these tough economic times when many have scaled back or eliminated gift giving entirely, it’s easy to forget there are children in need of basic items and necessities we take for granted.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children has assisted families during the holidays since 2004. Their drive furnished Christmas gifts to 200 kids in relative and foster care last year. Boasting 200 volunteers, our CASA program is the largest in Georgia, serving 91% of Clayton’s children in DFCS custody.

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“Sadly, a lot of the children request basic necessities, such as undergarments, socks, and pajamas. In most cases, the person sponsoring a child (usually $100/child minimum) will purchase some of these items in addition to the items on the wish lists, ensuring that the child has a mixture of gifts to not only cover the necessities, but also something fun,” says Gerald Bostock, Child Welfare Services Coordinator for Clayton’s Juvenile Court. “In addition to making a toy or clothing donation, we will accept gift cards and/or monetary donations. All donations are spent on covering as many children as possible, and individuals can also donate their time.” While CASA has been offered furniture and large appliance donations, they can only accept these items when the need arises due to storage space.

Making a purchase at ANY Barnes & Noble store this Sat., Dec. 12 is a great way to give back, since a percentage of your purchase goes to the Scholars Academy Charter school. Because Scholars doesn’t receive the same level of government funding as regular public schools, it relies on public support to help fund school programs. Present this Scholars Academy voucher # 10060440 at checkout to give the gift (of education) that keeps on giving.

Last but not least, Jonesboro’s Greater St. Peter AME Church is collecting clothing and toys for needy children. Contact Freda Booker at 770.210.4100 for details.

Will you give Christmas gifts this year?  Have your gift giving patterns changed?

11 comments Add your comment

Claytonian

December 7th, 2009
11:39 am

We started cutting our Christmas list maybe two years before the economy tanked, thankfully! Gifts aren’t the real reason for the season but I still like to give and receive, who doesn’t?

DoubleAction

December 7th, 2009
1:27 pm

With 7 seven grandchildren, a nephew, and our adopted family, our retirement checks just isn’t enough, especially with covering the costs for the holiday gatherings.

Christmas Carol

December 7th, 2009
2:53 pm

We still give Christmas gifts. But now we give things we have made through out the year. The process starts in January,when we sit down together and decide what we are going to give that year. One year we gave his sibling copies of a Christmas photo taken when they were all small. We matted and framed them and when they were opened they were a hit. They still say that is their all time favorite gift. This year I made Christmas stockings for everybody. They are all personalized to match each recipient. From one that looks like toe shoes for the dance teacher , to one with a pirate,train theme for my youngest grandchild. We have already started talking about making shadow boxes with photos and small trinkets we have collected over the years for next year. We used to start buying the gifts for the next Christmas in January because spreading out the cost over 12 months made things a little easier. But realized after a while that the gifts were just for the sake of giving. Now they mean something to the givers and the recipients as they are made with love. You don’t have to spend a lot of money all at once to give great gifts.

Sgt Rock

December 8th, 2009
6:18 am

I came across this many years ago published in the periodical “Our Daily Bread” and have held onto it:

Having trouble selecting that perfect gift for someone? A friend shared with me a few suggestions:

• The gift of listening. No interrupting, no planning your response. Just listening.

• The gift of affection. Being generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, and pats on the back.

• The gift of laughter. Sharing funny stories and jokes. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

• The gift of a written note. Expressing in a brief, handwritten note your appreciation or affection.

• The gift of a compliment. Sincerely saying, “You look great today” or “You are special” can bring a smile.

CASAvolunteer

December 8th, 2009
8:44 am

I encourage people to donate to CASA. I have been involved with the organization since 2003 and the children they serve really need the gift. Not only have these children been removed from their homes some are in foster homes who don’t not have the funds to provide them with the necessary items for day to day living. Most times these children come into care with the clothes on their backs and a voucher worth maybe $100 to $250 these funds are suppose to last for the entire calendar year. The foster parents are to use this money to provide clothing, shoes, and hygiene products. The last time I checked it takes way more to clothe a child especially the older they get.

Oh please

December 8th, 2009
3:10 pm

Hi Christmas Carol,

I’m giving gifts this year but I love making gifts. I did the old Christmas photo for my mother and aunt. It just so happened that it was dated exactly 50 years ago. It worked out perfectly and they both loved it. I turned my hobby into gifts last year too. I got hooked on geneaology awhile back and had discovered a wealth of information so I used publisher and wrote up the entire family history complete with photos. Everyone loved it because there was so much that we didn’t already know. My great aunt to this day still speaks of how much she appreciated that gift. I had pictures of her parents and grandparents.

Yeah, okay

December 8th, 2009
6:14 pm

I only give gifts to the children of close friends and family. That’s who the holiday is really for. I think most adults understand finance issues these days. Although this recession is killing a lotta folks dreams, I think its teaching us all a lot too, like what’s really important in life.

Credential Loss

December 8th, 2009
11:47 pm

Please let the black Santa Claus restore the Lil balck kids their accreditation! Because it was taken for nothing by the rich pink plutocrats for money and power. Happy Holidays!

DoubleAction

December 9th, 2009
12:38 am

Sgt Nancy; “Our Daily Bread” should not a be a time only reserved for Christmas; should be practiced in our “Daily” routines.

DoubleAction

December 9th, 2009
1:08 am

The show of kindness and friendship towards our fellow human beings, should be displayed as part of our lives on this earth; not just time of Christmas.

Christmas allows us to be together to celebrate the gathering of peace and goodwill among relatives, friends, and strangers in our lives.

Lovejoy

December 9th, 2009
3:50 pm

I’d do almost anything for a respectable community to live in.