Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 16, 2013

Agency seeks Secret Santas

By ROBBIE EDWARDS robbie.edwards@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — For most the holiday season is about the act of generosity.

The Christian Social Services Secret Santa Program is looking for just that. With nearly 200 children in their foster program the need for donations has greatly increased. This is the most the program has ever had, said Cassidy Beck, development coordinator for CSS.

The CSS Secret Santa Program provides gifts to all ages to area foster children. Christmas can be a magical time for most children, but for some, receiving a gift is not something normal.

Most of the children come from troubled homes where disappointment is far more common in their lives.

"Foster children go through so much and getting the opportunity to feel more normal by receiving gifts is what makes this program so positive," said Beck.

This year the program will hold a Toy Drive instead of the submitted wish list. The community can purchase gifts for different age groups and for boys and girls. Unwrapped gifts should be dropped off at the CSS office, 219 Withers Drive.

The deadline for the Toy Drive is Nov. 27, after which CSS case workers will distribute gifts to foster parents so they may incorporate the gifts into their Christmas celebration.

For further information contact Keli Tate, a foster care supervisor at CSS at 244-0344, Ext 223.