Donors Doubled the Hope this Holiday Season

by Joy Coordinator

Thank youChildren’s Bureau, Inc., (CBI) is thankful for all who brought joy to 525 children/young adults this year through Hope for the Holidays, our annual Christmas sponsorship program.

The number of children served in 2013 was ambitious — more than double the amount of previous years. While recipients of Hope for the Holidays have previously been in Marion County only, this year the program was open to all 52 counties covered by Children’s Bureau social workers. Donations to Hope for the Holidays, both monetary and in-kind, totaled more than $28,000.

 A CBI caseworker "shops" for toys to take to a family in need.Hope for the Holidays gives in-home case workers a chance to share profiles of the children they serve. They then distribute gifts from the sponsors, a bright spot in an often difficult job.

This year 291 children were chosen and directly sponsored from our online “tree,” largely due to the enthusiasm and collective efforts of employees in several central Indiana corporations, as well as hundreds of individual donors.

Two such donors are Cheryl Waterman and Rachel Cline, who sponsored 66 children in memory of Megan Williams, a dedicated Children’s Bureau volunteer who championed Hope for the Holidays.

The remaining 234 kids and many more who were not on the tree received holiday gifts through the monetary and in-kind donations of our supporters, as well as the donation of 900 toys from the Indiana Pacers and Fever through Jakks Pacific, a toy company based in Malibu, Calif.

Students from Douglas MacArthur Elementary School carry toys into the Family Support Center.Budding philanthropists from Douglas MacArthur Elementary School also paid a special visit to the Children’s Bureau’s Family Support Center, delivering more than 500 toys as a result of their second annual school competition to benefit CBI.

Children’s Bureau also wishes to thank the dozens of volunteers, both corporate and individual, who donated their time to assist in streamlining the donation process.

CBI accepts donations of needed items throughout the year for the more than 1,000 children who stay in our shelter annually. Click here to donate online.