In the Spirit of Holiday Giving – Ideas for how you can help those in the community:
Holiday Help for Children in Foster Care
The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services currently serves approximately 34 children in foster or residential care. We look to private donors in the community to assist with making sure their Christmas wishes are fulfilled. We are grateful for your thoughtful consideration and truly appreciate any financial assistance you can provide so that we can help to make the season merry and bright for the foster children whom we serve. Please feel free to contact Family Services Specialist Beajor Stoddart-Johnson via email or call her at 540-372-1032, extension 241.
Holiday Help for Needy Families
The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services provides assistance to children from needy families in the area for the holidays through our "Gifts from the Heart" assistance program. We look to private donors in the community to assist with fulfilling their Holiday wish lists. We are currently in need of sponsors to adopt children's wish lists this holiday season. We also welcome any financial assistance or gift card donations (Wal-mart, Target). If you are interested in adopting a family for the holidays please contact Richard Parker via email or at 540-372-1032, extension 280.
Holiday Cheer for a Senior Citizen
Help spread the holiday spirit to a needy senior citizen in the Fredericksburg area! This year we are collecting gift cards to give to senior citizens in our community who can use the extra help. Gift cards to pharmacies, restaurants, department stores, and grocery stores are all wonderful ideas for our elderly population in need! If interested in helping with our "Gifts for Seniors" program, please contact Family Services Specialist, Liz Smith via email or at 540-372-1032, extension 255.
The City of Fredericksburg Department of Social Services holds Project Manger annually during the Holiday season.
This project is part of the Department's Safe Sleep Campaign, which educates parents and caretakers on providing a safe sleep environment for babies. Suffocation is one of the leading causes of death for infants under the age of one years. Our Department assesses, educates and provides caretakers with the tools they need to provide a safe sleep environment.
As part of the campaign, the Department started a holiday project to raise money to buy portable cribs for families who can't afford a safe sleeping place for their babies. Social workers have given more than 80 portable cribs to families in need, and the money to buy more is dwindling.
As part of Project Manger, the Department is collecting money for more portable cribs. The average cost of a portable crib is $60. To donate to the project, contact Kathleen Bell via email or at 540-372-1032, extension 259. Due to liability issues the Department is unable to accept used portable cribs, but welcome new ones.