Event Update: 2012 Holiday Wish List Drive

Sponsors still needed; volunteers asked to help with gift pickup and transport.

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII) Board Secretary Stacey Burns provided board members and circuit staff with a second update on the 2012 Holiday Wish List Drive.

Every year, CAII works with local businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the Big Bend region to ensure that each and every one of the children represented by our program—many of whom are abandoned, abused or neglected—receive gifts this holiday season.

Now that we are past the wish list submission and gift drop off deadlines, CAII is working to find sponsors for the remaining children and provide logistics.

Sponsorship Update
The following are highlights from Burns' wish list drive update.

  • Wish lists received for 419 children — 219 families
  • 264 of the 419 children have been sponsored — that is 63%
  • Of the 155 children without sponsors, 53 have requested gift cards — an expense of $3,390
  • Two sponsors have offered donations toward gift cards, leaving $2,000 to be funded
  • The bowling tournament next week will provide toys for unsponsored children
  • Other groups are also collecting items; 30 shoebox gift boxes were recently received

Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact CAII at info@galf2.org or (850) 606-1200 immediately. CAII is available to answer your questions and organize your donation. They will need to know the number of children you wish to sponsor as well as any age/gender preferences.

Volunteer Opportunities
Burns also asked volunteers to consider helping with gift pick up, transportation and logistics.

If you are able to volunteer some time over the next two weeks, please contact Stacey Burns as soon as possible at info@galf2.org or (850) 606-1200.

There are only two weeks left to finish everything in time. Additional information and forms are available on the 2012 Holiday Wish List Drive event flyer.

Thank you for your support in helping to ensure that every child's holiday season is bright and filled with joy and happiness!

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