The Charles County Christmas Connection is in full swing this week. The annual holiday drive helps provide gifts for more than 2,500 less fortunate children in Charles County, as well as food baskets for senior citizens. It is organized by Charles County Children’s Aid Society, Inc.(CCCAS), in conjunction with the Charles County Department of Social Services, Department of Community Service Office on Aging, New Life Church, South Potomac Church and The Salvation Army Charles County Service Unit.
This year, the program is being held at South Potomac Church, on Crain Highway in White Plains, with distribution of toys and baskets taking place from December 13th to 16th. The Christmas Connection is always in need of monetary donations and well as organizations willing to host a toy drive or teen gift drive. Volunteers to help with set up and distribution or to purchase, assemble, and deliver senior food baskets are also appreciated.
CCCAS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit human service agency. Its stated mission is “to improve the quality of life for struggling Charles County families with children under age 18 by providing them with the basic necessities of life including, but not limited to, clothing, food, rent/mortgage & utility assistance, educational classes, recreational activities and holiday assistance.”
This past March, the Society celebrated 75 years of helping local families! At its founding in 1936, its members were a group of local women who recognized the toll that the Great Depression was taking on some of their less fortunate neighbors. The women set out to ensure that the basic needs of those in their community were met. In 1956, the group became an official 501 (c) (3) non-profit.
CCCAS’ services have changed over the years in response to the needs of families in Charles County. Before there was a local Department of Social Services, CCAS managed the County’s foster care and adoption services. Through the years, the organization has provided services to meet a multitude of needs, including parenting classes and emergency shelter assistance. Today’s primary campaigns are the emergency assistance program, the school supply program, and the holiday assistance program, and aid over 10,000 families and children each year.
Thank you, Children’s Aid Society, for improving the lives of Charles County children this holiday season and throughout the year.
Photo via Children's Aid Society