Foster Friends of Acadiana begins annual Christmas toy drive

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- Christmas is known as the happiest time of the year. A time when kids make their wish lists in hopes they’ll get everything they’ve asked for. This year a local foster program, foster friends, is holding an event to help children in foster care receive their wishes.

“Tami Richard: “This is going to be a very difficult time for them, as they’re just entering the foster care system, at Christmas time,” said Tami Richard from Foster Friends of Acadiana.

The number continues to grow of children being released from their biological families and into the department of children and family services.

Fifty Christmas wish lists are posted on the walls of the Christmas Warehouse, from children that are in the foster care system right here in Acadiana. This toy drive is an effort to bring these children a Christmas they will never forget.

“There faces are amazing. They are so excited and they’re just very thankful,” said Danielle Hines who volunteers every year.

Foster Friends of Acadiana puts their toy drive and Christmas party on each and every year.

“Over the years, I’ve seen such humbling gift requests. As simple as winter clothes,” said Richard.

Many of them are teenagers who are in need of much larger items, such as, electronics for educational purposes and more.

“I know a lot of people question. Oh, that’s such an expensive item. Why would we get that? Well, these children don’t have a family to go home to,” Richard added.

They currently do not have any identifiable adoption opportunities at this time.

“We do hope to help more children every year of course, and we also want to make sure that the community is aware and can help us with that. And also just be aware that children are available for adoption,” said Hines.

“We cant give them their ultimate gift of a family. Forever family. But at least maybe we can bless them with these gifts that they’ve asked for,” said Richard.

There are up to 500 items on the Amazon Christmas wish list. Orders can be made up until December 11th. Just enough time for them to wrap them up and hand them out before Christmas.

 

The wish list can be found here. Orders can be made by December 11th to provide time for wrapping and distribution before their Christmas party on December 15th.

Donations can be made at 206 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette. 

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