“I felt like because we didn’t have such a dire need, this year, I wanted to give,” Amanda said.
DCF works with about 750 youth from foster care, ages 18-26 to ensure they have the support they need to become self-reliant, productive adults. Many of these young people go without traditional holiday celebrations and gifts from loved ones. It’s DCF’s goal to remind them they are not alone and have a whole community of supporters.
“I think Hope for the Holidays is just amazing,” Amanda said, “because there are some people who don’t have the support system to help provide for their needs, and this could be the only time of the year that they are able to get those things and ask for those things.”
Another former foster youth recently wrote to DCF staff to share her appreciation for the gifts she received as part of Hope for the Holidays.
“Thank you all for everything that you guys did for me. I am beyond happy with everything that I got for Christmas. I am so happy with this organization, because it has definitely made many peoples’ Christmases this year including mine. I also wanted to say thank you to all the people who went out and thought about me. I absolutely love the idea of people who don’t know us, thinking about us. I am so grateful for all the gifts I have received, and I’m sure my puppy Lola will be too!”
Hope for the Holidays began in 2006 with DCF staffer Stacy Tidwell in DCF’s Manhattan office and has since grown to spread joy to young adults across the state.
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