It’s the time of year when people turn their attention more completely to others, and more specifically to giving rather than receiving.
Enter the Lonely Children’s Fund Drive.
For the 59th year, the Statesville Record & Landmark joins the initiative to bring Christmas to children in foster care in Iredell County.
The fund began in 1960 and provides for children in foster care to have holiday gifts and money to cover needs through the year. Any donation has a lasting impact on the lives of these children.
This year there are 173 children in foster care in the community. More than two-thirds of them have been placed in foster and group homes. The remaining third are residing in relative placements.
That’s 173 children for whom the community can make a large difference this year.
The goal is to raise $30,000.
And, as stated, the impact is dramatic — especially on things most families take for granted. It makes it possible to celebrate birthdays. To buy school pictures. Take field trips. Pay for graduation. It allows everyone to have the things that one generally gives to a child without really thinking twice about it. But for some of these children, these things are not a given.
Now, with the help of our community, they can be.
These are children who have had their lives impacted by events outside their control. According to the Department of Social Services, these children — children mind you — have had their lives disrupted and their safety and well-being compromised.
Now the organization, through the Lonely Children’s Fund, is trying to give them some semblance of normalcy. And they are asking for all of our help in doing so.
Can we all come together, open our hearts, and reach this goal?
Donations can be made to the Lonely Children’s Fund at 549 Eastside Drive, Statesville, NC 28625.
Let’s see what we can do, Statesville.