Thanks to the generous support of twenty-two sponsors and countless other individuals and businesses, the 2015 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive was a great success.
Each year, program staff and volunteers along with Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII), our non-profit support organization, work with local businesses, community organizations and individuals to ensure that every child represented by our program receives gifts for the holiday season.
The drive's success means that these children, many of whom are abused, neglected or abandoned, will be able to enjoy some sense of normalcy this holiday season.
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, CAII hosted the volunteer shopping and celebration event where volunteers could browse through and select from the donated items for the children in their cases.
"Child Advocates II did a great job coordinating the holiday drive shopping event," said Circuit Director Deborah Moore. "Over 145 advocates were greeted at the door with a cup of Starbucks coffee and a shopping helper to direct them to several rooms packed full with hundreds of toys."
The event was not limited to volunteers and staff, however.
"Many of our community supporters attended the event to share in the fun of shopping for just the right toy for our special guardian ad litem children," said Moore.
In addition to general donations, several supporting events were also held this year. The Fun Station Toy Drive, Jeff Cameron Show Bowling Tournament for CAII and Tallahassee Brew District Holiday Hop all provided invaluable contributions to the drive.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the gift drive and happy holidays!