Christmas for Children
Christmas for Children is the heart of the Foundation. In 2005, We started asking the local community to sponsor children in West Virginia for Christmas. Now we have spread to multiple states & counties! We sponsor families in Maryland, West Virginia & Virginia.
We ask the sponsors to purchase Christmas gifts for those families who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Thanks to many sponsors and donors, over 3,500 children have been sponsored for Christmas over the past years.
How do we get the kids info?
We receive our children’s names from the Department of Social Services or from an organization that provides social services. The parents or foster-care providers fill out forms so we know the needs or desires of the kids. Currently, we provide Christmas for children in Mercer County, West Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
What makes us different?
Walk the Walk adds a personal touch to the process by setting up distribution sites where volunteers can come and help deliver the gifts to the families. This creates more of a warm & welcoming environment where the families can come to not only pick up their gifts but also be greeted by smiling faces, and their children can play games with the volunteers as well.
Walk the walk also gives each family a disposable camera and a pre-stamped envelope to return to the foundation for developing. About 50% of the families return the camera. Once the film is developed a copy of the photos is sent to the sponsor and one copy is sent back to the family. This is a great way to show the sponsors the children they bought gifts for and to also provide the families with family photos.
How can you help?
There are lots of different ways to get involved with Christmas for Children. Whether you are a company, a family, a group of friends or an individual- there is something for everyone. You can sponsor a child/family, buy a bike and helmet, buy gift cards, give a monetary donation, or purchase a book.
In late October we will receive the children’s names, sizes and gift wishes. Sponsors buy and wrap 3-5 presents accordingly. If you are interested in being a sponsor please email email@example.com.
Buy a Bike & a Helmet:
Once we have received the children’s information we will know how many bikes and what size and gender we need. If you are interested in buying a bike or helmet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wal-Mart, Sears & Target are the gift cards of choice. These stores can be found in the locations where we deliver. We ask for gift cards in increments of $25 so that we can distribute them to more families.
www.walmart.com or www.sears.com or target.com
Gift cards may be ordered online and sent directly to the Foundation:
Walk the Walk Foundation
P.O. Box 342
Millersville, MD 21108
Purchase the gift of reading:
We provide each family with a bag filled with books for each child, and the camera mentioned above. Donate to the program and you can help share the gift of reading.
It is our hope to expand to other areas in the future, in order to do this we need more help!! If you would like to serve on a Christmas for Kids committee, please contact us at email@example.com.