Open Your Hearts to the Less Fortunate This Holiday Season

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

As the Thanksgiving season and holiday season approaches, St. Charles and Charles County residents are again being asked to help make the holidays a happy time for those less fortunate.

For over seventy five years the mission of Children’s Aid Society has been to provide daily assistance to needy Charles County families,  with an even greater focus during the holiday season.  The current economic climate has dramatically increased the number of local poverty level and homeless families. As a result the agency is pleading with members of the community for assistance through their contributions of non-perishable food, new unwrapped toys and monetary donations.

Generous donations enabled Children’s Aid to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to over 1,000 people in 2011 and the number of requests is significantly higher this year.   The agency’s pantry supply is insufficient to meet the demand; food donations are greatly needed.

Children’s Aid, in primary partnership with the Charles County Department of Social Services, will host its annual Christmas Connection program at South Potomac Church mid-December.   This program provides holiday gifts and food to over 1000 families and 3000 children exclusively in Charles County. Children's Aid is is anticipating another wonderful year but our supply of gifts for children age infant to 18 is low; we need your help!   Please volunteer your time to work at the event or donate toys to this extraordinary program and help ensure less fortunate parents have gifts to make their children’s Christmas a cheerful and memorable time.

Volunteers and donations are welcomed. Children’s Aid will provide receipts for your tax deductible donations.  Agency staff can be reached at 301-645-1561 or via email at info@childrens-aid-society.org  if you have questions or would like to organize a toy drive.  Donations are accepted M-F, 9-4:30 at 3000 Huntington Circle in St. Charles / Waldorf.   Please consider visiting our website www.childrens-aid-society.org , we are confident you will find this a great source of information about one of Charles County’s oldest non-profit family service agencies.

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