I know that it is early October, but we are already well into Christmas here at Community Partners of Dallas. Each year we do a Toy Drive for about 5,000 children who are involved with Child Protective Services. CPS caseworkers find out what the children on their caseloads would like and we make wish cards (similar to the Salvation Army Angel Tree) and send them out into the world to be filled by donors.
This year, we have requests for 15% more children than last year, so we are currently searching for 752 extra donors. If you can help, please call Marjorie at 214-624-7588.
The kids who you will be helping truly need some joy in their lives. They have been battered and bruised and told by those who were supposed to love them that they are stupid and worthless.
The kids are not asking for the moon either. Here are our most requested items (in no particular order):
African American dolls
Buzz Lightyear Action Figure / Toys
Vtech Learning Toys
Sports Balls (Soccer Balls, Footballs etc)
Wrestling Action Figures
Bath and Body Gift Sets
Bikes with helmets
You can make a child's dream come true, for as little as the cost of a barbie doll. And yes, I know that I listed 12 toys, not 10 -- I was a theater major.