Meeting the Tangible Needs
Provide your church members with an easy, low-to-no commitment way to love foster children and families.
Christmas can be very exciting for any child.
For kids who have experienced childhood trauma and loss, often report feeling especially vulnerable, lonely, and sad, around the holidays. The memory of past holidays heightened stimulation, and disruption of routine can make the season difficult for the whole household.
During the holiday season, we partner with churches and organizations to bring additional Christmas joy to children impacted by the foster care system by fulfilling child-specific wishlists.
Donors choose a child-specific wishlist depicting a child’s first name, age, gender, and wished-for gift (typically $40-$50). The donor will then return the ornament to church where it will be sorted and distributed to the requesting family
Every August, Help One Child sends over 65 foster and adopted children to spend the last days of summer learning about God’s love and grace along with other campers who have similar life stories. By providing a fun and safe environment, campers are able to make and strengthen their connections with other campers, counselors, and God.
To ensure that every camper has the opportunity to participate in the many activities offered at Signs of Hope Camp, we partner with churches to provide basic necessities, such as toiletries, bathing suits, sweatshirts and towels.
Support a High School Senior
The senior year of high school can provide its struggles and many of us experienced the emotional ups and downs. For high school seniors impacted by foster care, these emotions are amplified by their home circumstances. At the beginning of the pandemic, Help One Child and the SMC ILP (San Mateo County Independent Living Program) identified ways to support and encourage these youth for the final 4 months of high school, up through graduation.
For each of the participating youth, a church provides a themed goodie bag and notes of encouragement for the high school senior for all 4 months.
We are happy to collaborate with churches in brainstorming other donation drive opportunities that would collect tangible needs to benefit families such as diaper drives or movie night baskets.