Clearing Council nears the end of its gift drive

Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County (CCC) wants the community to step up during the last remaining week of its Christmas gift drive for children in need in Waukesha County.  A total of more than 4,800 children will need help this year due to the current economic crisis and an increase in applications from needy families. 

“We still have about 950 children in our files to be sponsored. Sponsorship is a great way for people to help children in need directly through a personal connection with the family,” said Ruth Page Jones, CCC’s executive director.  “Through sponsorship, we are able to make certain that a child gets that special gift that he or she has been wishing for.  In many instances, children have requests for things the rest of us might take for granted like a warm coat or boots.”

CCC is still taking calls through Tuesday, Dec. 15 from families and organizations that are interested in personally sponsoring a family.  Sponsorship includes purchasing toys and/or clothing for each child in a family for a suggested amount of $60 per child.  Sponsors are given a family’s name and contact information to obtain information on the family’s needs and make arrangements to deliver the gifts to the family. 

“It would be wonderful if families, businesses and organizations in the community could help us fulfill these children’s requests and call us to sponsor a family – there is still time. We are also asking people to consider donating new, unwrapped toys at one of our toy drop-off locations for those children for whom we don’t find sponsors,” said Jones.

Toy donations will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 16 at one of 75 CCC toy drop-off locations throughout the county.  A complete list of toy drop-off locations can be found on CCC’s website, www.christmasclearingcouncil.org. Those interested in sponsoring a family, toy drop-off locations or volunteering are encouraged to call CCC at (262) 549-NOEL (6635) or visit the website at www.christmasclearingcoucil.org for more information.

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