Thursday, November 20, 2014

CPD Annual Toy Drive - Because Every Child Deserves to Wish...

Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) will mark two milestones this holiday season:  the agency’s twenty-fifth anniversary and the urgent need to fulfill the largest number of holiday wishes for abused and neglected children in the organization’s Toy Drive history. 
 
CPD is asking the community to help give the gift of hope this holiday season by supporting their annual Toy Drive, and ensuring they can fulfill over 8100 wishes for abused and neglected children in the care of Child Protective Services.  The number of wishes that need to be fulfilled this year is an increase of 1134 wishes from last year’s drive.  
 
The Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive is unique in that the wishes are brought to the agency by CPS caseworkers on behalf of the children in their care, and those same caseworkers will have the wonderful opportunity to deliver these gifts personally.  By supporting the Toy Drive, individuals, organizations and companies will be granting specific gift requests to these children, making them feel special and giving them a holiday they will remember. 
As Natosha Hooks, a CPS caseworker, shared, “I had a case with seven children in the family.  The oldest child, who was 13 years old, told me that for Christmas they get one toy and he, as the oldest, plays with it first and then it goes down the line to the smallest kids who get to keep it.  This Christmas they all had their own toys thanks to the generosity of Community Partners of Dallas.”
 
Wish cards can be filled by companies, churches, scout troops, business offices, or individuals.  Organizations and individuals can also organize a new toy drive for the undesignated toy collection used to serve additional children who come into CPS care after the wish list deadline and to fill wishes not selected by donors. This year’s most popular wishes include bikes, African American dolls, items from Disney’s FROZEN, Barbies, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, learning toys for toddlers, like a Vtech Learning Laptop, Dora dolls, MP3 players, LEGO sets, Tonka trucks and Bath and Body Works sets.
 
All gifts should be new and not wrapped.  Toys must be delivered to the Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive Workshop at the Peacock Alley Warehouse located at 2050 Postal Way, Dallas, Texas 75212 no later than 1:00 p.m. on December 12.  
 
For more information on participating in the Toy Drive, contact Corinne Karp, 214.624.7588 or corinne@cpdtx.org or visit www.CommunityPartnersDallas.org.

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