It’s a time-honored tradition for children who celebrate Christmas to write a special wish list for Santa to fulfill.
But for children whose families are going through a hard time, there are much more pressing needs that must be met — like food and clothes.
Thanks to Things of My Very Own, Inc., needy children in the Schenectady, New York, area now have a shot at getting those needs met this Christmas. The nonprofit organization has a holiday gift tag program that raises funds and goods for needy children.
Each child or caregiver fills out a “wish tag” with a little information about their situation, their child’s clothing sizes, and a list of needs and wishes.
“Single mom working 80 hours a week to keep my home and take care of my kids and got very sick,” one mom wrote.
“My dad has been out of work due to heart condition, we have to move,” wrote a 12-year-old boy.
The “needs” include items like food, underwear, and bed sheets, while the “wishes” include gift cards, Nike sneakers, and “anything cats.”
Thanks to the power of social media, these gift tags are now making it far beyond Schenectady. People from all over the country are working hard to make these children’s wishes — and needs — come true.