Help Out Florida’s Orphans This Holiday Season
Posted on November 17, 2013 by Jeffrey A. Kasky
As we all get ready to put on holiday feasts in our homes, and as Black Friday looms nearer, it’s time to remember those who are less fortunate and don’t have a forever home – Florida’s foster children and orphans.
At One World Adoption, we know that not everyone has the ability to adopt or foster a child. However, we all have the resources to reach out to local foster homes and charities in both small and large ways. We have 750 kids in foster care in the Florida system that need our help. Let’s take care of our own!
Remember, these children need good medical care, nourishing food, clothing, counseling, school supplies, and both birthday and holiday gifts!
Here are some ideas to help out this holiday season:
• Game systems. Kids are notorious for wanting the latest and greatest in game systems. However, what about the old ones and all the games? You can donate computers, IPads, laptops and the latest gadgetry … it might be the old model to you, but will be new to these kids.
• Clothing. Our kids outgrow their clothes faster than we can replace them. Donate all your clothing that is in good condition, including coats, shoes, sox and more.
• Toys. Are your kids bored with some of their toys? They’ll be much appreciated by kids who have nothing.
• Food. Turkey is pretty inexpensive … while you’re buying one, put an extra one in your grocery cart. And don’t forget all the fixings … mashed potatoes, vegetables, gravy, bread and nonperishables. While you’re at it, throw some treats in like candy bars, brownies or pies.
• Volunteer.If you can’t help financially, the gift of time is irreplaceable. Many kids need educational support or just someone to connect and be their friend.
• Sponsor a child or family. Sometimes, parents are able to reclaim their children from foster care after they get back on their feet. These families need help emotionally, physically and financially. Know you can make a HUGE difference by helping just one family.
• Give something up. You can go a month without cable, Starbucks or fast food. Make a sacrifice and then save this money and donate it.
• Sell something on eBay or CraigsList and donate the proceeds.
• Have a yard sale. Get all your neighbors and friends together and have them donate items for a garage sale.
• Use a credit card that gives you cash back on purchases and donate the cash back to help an orphan.
• Gift cards. Many stores run promotions over the holidays where if you buy two gift cards, you can get one free. Donate these cards.
• During the holiday season, have everyone that would normally give you a gift send a gift to an orphanage instead.
• Instead of giving a gift to someone, donate the amount of the gift you would have given to help an orphan and inform them of the donation being made in their name.
• Throw a holiday party and have everyone bring a gift that can be donated.
• Send out an email to everyone in your contact list inviting them to donate to a local orphanage.
• Make a financial donation. The good thing about money is that the orphanages can use it forthe reasons they need it most. Money is always appreciated.
Contact These Florida Agencies
Here are some Florida agencies in need:
• Florida Coalition for Children – advocates on behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children and supports the agencies and individuals who work on their behalf. (850) 561-1102.
• Florida Children’s Home – The Children’s Home is a child- and family-centered organization that is positioned to care for struggling families and children seeking the comfort of a loving family. (813) 855-4435.
• Florida Baptist Children’s Homes – a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides safe, stable, Christian homes for boys and girls who have been neglected, misdirected, abandoned, abused or caught up in family turmoil. (863) 687-8811.
• Children’s Home Society – We protect and heal children. We build and strengthen families. We rescue and embrace teens struggling to survive on their own.
There are hundreds of ways we can help out our foster and orphaned children over the holidays and throughout the year. It’s not just about money – it’s about time as well. The holidays are all about giving, so find it in your heart to help others who are desperately in need. Remember, our orphaned kids in Florida need us!Even one dollar can make a difference in the life of an orphan.
About the Author:
Jeffrey A. Kasky, Esq. is a Florida adoption lawyer and Vice President of One World Adoption Services, Inc., a Florida-licensed not-for-profit child placing agency. Jeff’s diverse career experiences include co-authoring the book, “99 Things You Wish You Knew Before … Choosing Adoption” with Robert A. Kasky, Florida-certified law enforcement officer, and involvement in the autism community, including a TV show focused on helping families with legal issues related to autism called “Spectrum at Law” on The Autism Channel. A practicing attorney since 1995, he has worked on more than one thousand adoption cases.