It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you’re a family who is struggling to make ends meet.
Christmas is a magical season, but sometimes this magic can feel a little more like heartache for the families struggling to bring a sparkle to their children’s eyes. When the magic of Santa Claus is replaced by empty stockings, the season can feel lackluster at best.
Sure, Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, but it is about gladness. It’s about lighting up a child’s face with something new and unexpected. It’s about showering families in need with an outpouring of generosity. That’s the belief and the practice of the Camden County Child Advocacy Council.
The Camden County Child Advocacy Council and Thrift Store
The Camden County Child Advocacy Council believes that, “it should never hurt to be a child.” That’s why, every year, they transform their thrift store into Santa’s workshop in an effort to give families a place to give and receive during the holiday season.
Families in need submit an application, and if approved, they are able to pick up presents for their children. The community then rallies behind these families by adopting a family and donating money or toys.
Every year, several of our team members adopt a family. It’s a tradition we participate in together with our kids. We shop, wrap, and deliver the gifts to other families. This year, McGrath Insurance Group has also donated $250.
How Can You Help?
With only a few days left until Christmas, the Child Advocacy Council still has 75 families that need to be adopted. There aren’t enough toys to fulfill all of the requests that came in this year but there is still time to help.
Child Advocacy is specifically requesting Star Wars legos, Minecraft legos, Neft, Shopkins, and any superhero items. They also need gifts for teenagers, such as perfume, cologne, body wash sets, wallets, earbuds, music gift cards, and more.
In addition to toys, the children need warm clothes and accessories, such as hats and gloves. The Child Advocacy Council is specifically requesting size large clothing.
To adopt a family or donate, stop by the Child Advocacy Thrift Store at 77 Dawson Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Saturday, December 23. You can also call Monica at 573-346-0003.