by Kerstin Joos, First Church Outreach Team
Every year at this time, the Williamson County Child Welfare Board asks for help to purchase gifts for the children in foster care in Williamson County. The Outreach Ministry is sponsoring this program for our church. This year we can help out by purchasing gifts for up to 120 children.
The foster children are asked to make “wish lists” early in October, and the Child Welfare Board members try to find people who are willing to sponsor one or more children to be their Christmas Angel. Some of the children ask for much on their “wish lists”, while others ask for very little. In the interest of fairness, we try to balance it out by suggesting spending limits of approximately $50 on children 0 to 4 years, $75 on children 5 to 10 years, and $100 on children 11 years and up (children go out of care at 18).
Participants are asked to shop for the gifts, wrap and label them with their appointed child’s name and number, which appear on the “wish list” sheet. Only the first name of the child is allowed to be used, so the number assigned is very important. Donors put the wrapped gifts in a large heavy-duty black plastic bag with the child’s list securely attached to the outside with the gifts purchased highlighted. Dates for gifts to be delivered to the church Mission Trailer will be the Sundays of November 25, and December 2 and 9.
Gifts will be delivered to the children by the Williamson County Child Protective Services caseworkers just before Christmas. There are over 380 children in foster care in our county, so this extra help at Christmas is needed. Should anyone prefer to give a monetary gift rather than shopping, checks may be donated to Williamson County Child Welfare Board, marked “Christmas Angel Project”, and mailed to P. O. Box 1065, Georgetown, 78627.
If you would like to be a Christmas Angel and shop for a child please stop by the Angel Tree located in the Sanctuary foyer and the Family Life Center on Sunday, November 18. Please do not leave the foyer before recording with one of the volunteers the name and number of the child(ren) that you have chosen in the appropriate ring binder (designated by age group.)
Thanks for your support!