It is estimated that roughly 1,800 children are in the foster care system in Contra Costa County. The holidays can be particularly rough on children displaced from their homes and their families. Our Angel Tree program was created in 1990 to provide gifts in response to the specific wishes of children in out-of-home placement in Contra Costa County. The generous “Angels” are individual donors who provide these gifts and they come from agencies and corporations all over the county. Children and Family Services social workers receive the gifts while working with the children on their caseloads. Our Angel Tree program has evolved from wrapped gifts for each child, to gift cards for the children and families, to help with resource including the child’s wish list as well as possible basic needs.
The generous “Angels” are individual donors who provide these gifts and they come from agencies and corporations all over the county. Children and Family Services social workers prepare the cards each year, working with the children on their caseloads. Each child is asked what his or her wish gifts are. Three gifts are identified on each card in case the Angel donor is unable to find a specific item listed. After all the gifts are collected, they are sorted and distributed back to the social workers to be given to the children.
Because the generosity of donors in our local communities, over the past 16 years thousands of foster children and teens have received gifts and the acknowledgement that they are not forgotten.
If you or your organization would like to be involved in the Angel Tree Program, please call (925) 655-1208.