We are so fortunate. And when I say “we’” I mean Mrs. Stanton and me … and YOU. Well, you and your family 🙂
As you know, my wife and I were foster parents before adopting our wonderful children, I’ve probably shown you pictures. Or ask me, and I will. During the time we fostered, one of the greatest things was Rudolph Round-Up. That’s a program whereby people with beautiful hearts — people like you — take upon themselves the responsibilities and rewards of buying Christmas presents for a foster child.
And this is no blind draw, no drop-random-gifts-into-a-box type thing. You will know the age, gender, and first name of your child; and the foster parents are allowed to provide a list of gifts their children would love most. And you go shopping for them and drop the presents off at the office they have for just that purpose — you don’t even need to wrap the presents — and that’s it.
And your kid — this child who is unable to be with his or her parents for whatever reason (almost certainly not the child’s fault) — gets something he or she really wants for Christmas. These children are unable to be with their parents, but they still get a chance at a happy Christmas.
Can you imagine being a little kid, maybe not even in kindergarten yet, and not being able to see your mom and dad, your grandparents, your family? And then Christmas comes, the “time of good cheer,” and you get … almost nothing? Can you?
Actually, I know some of you can. I know several of you were placed into foster care at same point, a few of you still are. That’s not your fault, and I hope your placements were/are loving. I know a couple of you were adopted, although I don’t know everyone’s individual story.
My wife and I, we would have gotten presents for our foster kids as it they were our kids anyhow. We had decided that. That’s just us. But there’s no guarantee when it comes to foster kids — the agency can decide to change placement on the spot if they deem it necessary. So, honestly, some foster parents don’t feel the need to buy much for these kids. Not out of meanness, just … practicality.
Because of the kind people who took on our children’s Christmas wish lists, they got some gifts we would not have been able to provide. I can’t thank those unknown people enough for their generosity.
If you’re still reading what has become a very long appeal, thank you. And yes, yes indeed, I am asking you to talk to your parents about the possibility of sponsoring a child’s Christmas this year. You all can do it. You can make a difference in this child’s life.
This appeal is not for everybody. But it is for everybody who can.
My wife and I, we sponsored two children last year, and we are sponsoring two this year as well. Christopher, a three-year-old boy who loves Paw Patrol. And Ava, a four-year-old girl who loves Frozen. We have actually told our kids that *they* are buying the gifts for these two kids, and we spent all day today having fun while shopping.
We aren’t rich — not by a long shot. But we know that these kids aren’t responsible for the situation their biological parents have put them in. And we know they deserve to be happy, especially on Christmas. And we are doing what we can do.
And now I’m asking you to do it too. There’s some kid out there who is going to have a much merrier Christmas because of your family’s kindness.
Please, let me know if I can provide any guidance if your family is willing to participate in this program.
Contact Vereuch Simmons
Phone: 863-519-8900 ext. 214