Please give to the abused and neglected kids at the Cleveland Christian Home this Christmas!
Last Christmas (2010) BookTalk.org members helped make Christmas a little brighter for the abused and neglected children living at the Cleveland Christian Home by donating a total of $558.09 towards the purchase of Christmas gifts. We're going to do it again this year because the ordeal these kids are going through is still just as real and painful for them one year later.
Christmas is the saddest and most depressing time of the year for children who have been abused and neglected by their own families. It is a time when these young people are forced to face the reality that they aren't loved or wanted by the very people that should
care about them more than life itself. For you and me the Christmas season may be a time for loving, giving and being with family and friends, but for children without families it is a time for tears, hopelessness and depression.
I know how these kids feel because I was one of them. Back in 1978 and 1979, when I was 10 and 11 years old, I lived at the Cleveland Christian Home. I spent several years in foster homes prior to and directly after my time living at the Cleveland Christian Home.
To this day I struggle with even talking about it as it was the most painful time of my life. For many years I kept the pain bottled up. I didn't speak about either the foster homes or Cleveland Christian Home to anyone other than a very small handful of close family members and friends. Talking about it flashes me back to being that little boy and I am forced to relive it.
For many years I secretly sent Christmas gifts to the CCH because I didn't want my father or (or anyone else) to know how as an adult I was still so affected by his horrific decision to sign over custody of us and put me and my brother into foster homes. I kept the gifts quiet from everyone as I wasn't giving to the kids for acknowledgement of any sort. It was my small way of helping kids that I knew truly need help.
But now my father is gone. He died several years ago of lung cancer. Now I can talk without causing him pain. Now I can give openly and possibly motivate a few other people (hopefully you) to reach out and help those kids. I'm sharing a bit of my story here because I know how you feel. Every Christmas people are trying to pry money from your wallets and purses. Just walking in the grocery store or mall is stressful because we have to walk by those people shaking the little bells asking us for money. If we don't give we feel guilty. At least I do. And then that guilt makes me feel somewhat resentful that I have been put in the position to have to basically say "No" either verbally or through my lack of donating every time I walk by.
Like you I'm always skeptical about where my money goes when I donate it. Are people using my hard-earned money properly? Or is this a scam and my money is going directly into someones pocket that doesn't deserve it? How do you really know
where your money goes when you donate it?
When you donate through BookTalk.org to the kids at the Cleveland Christian Home everything is out in the open. Your money and name are added to a published list (unless you ask to be anonymous) and the invoice for the presents we buy is also published. If you want you can call the Cleveland Christian Home and verify everything I've said. (Maria Livers 216-688-4126) 100% of your donated money goes towards Christmas gifts. Volunteers at the CCH wrap them and see that they are given to all the kids on Christmas morning.
I remember how wonderful it felt to receive a pile of presents on Christmas morning from people I didn't even know. Total strangers reached out and touched my life and helped give me hope at a time when I was teetering on just giving up completely. I remember the football someone gave me. Heck, I didn't even like football but I kept that football most of my life because it had such meaning. I received a few really cool puzzles that I put together and took apart over and over again.
If you're in a position to donate $5 or $50 or maybe more please click on the button below and give. Once we get to the second week in December I will order presents from Amazon.com off of the below "Christmas Wishes" list and have them shipped directly to the Cleveland Christian Home. All details will be posted here including the names of those who donated (unless they request to be anonymous) and the gifts we sent. We'll be doing this as a group.
And if you are the type of person that is worried about being scammed just donate directly to the Cleveland Christian Home. I just think it would be easier if we did this as a group. Again, I lived at the CCH and know where donated presents go. They will all end up being wrapped and given to some very needy children. I don't work for the CCH and stand to gain nothing financially for this request for donations.
Please donate a few dollars so that we can give the kids at the Cleveland Christian Home a better Christmas. Christmas Wishes 2011
This is what the children of the Cleveland Christian Home have asked Santa for this year! Again, you don't need to buy any of these gifts yourself. Just make a donation and I will order the gifts myself. I'll post the invoice so you can see what was ordered.
HOUSEWARES & SUPPLIES
- Portable Radio w/CD Player
- MP3 or CD Players w/Headphones
- DVD Players & DVDs - rated G, PG or PG-13
- Hand Held Electronic Games - sports, trivia, etc.
- Batteries (D/C/AA/AAA/9V)
- Duffel Bags, Backpacks for older teens
- Cribs and Car Seats (2007 or newer)
- Comforters, Blankets & Sheets (for Twin-size beds)
- Pots & Pans/Dish Sets/Plastic Cups/Silverware
GAMES & TOYS
- Coffee Makers
- Space Heaters
- Small Microwaves
- Alarm Clock Radios
- Electric Fans
- Hair Dryers
- Cordless Phones
- Answering Machines
- Art Supplies & Drawing/Painting Paper, Stickers
- Footballs, Basketballs, Pumps, Nerf Basketball Hoops
- Bakugan, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon Toys and Cards
- Remote Control Cars and Hot Wheels Brand Cars
- Family Board Games for ages 8 and up:
- Yahtzee, Risk, Clue, Monopoly, Sequence, Battleship,
- Life, Chess, Checkers, Connect Four, Scrabble, etc.
- Decks of Cards and Card Games - Uno, etc.
- Snap-Together Models: Legos, Bionicals, etc.
- Toddler, Leap Frog Learning and Memory Games & Toys
- Barbie, Dora & Baby Dolls and Accessories - *Dolls
representing a variety of ethnicities are greatly appreciated
- Action Figures: Spider-Man, Wrestling, Power Rangers, etc.
- Extra-Large Paper Gift Bags
- Large Holiday Plastic Bags (39-gal. size)
- Wrapping Paper & Scotch Tape
BOOKS & WRITING
- Winter Coats - Men’s & Women’s sizes
- Clothing for Teens, incl. School Uniform items
- Shoes, Tennis Shoes, Boots (Timberland, etc.)
- Socks, Underwear, Boxer Shorts (no briefs, please)
- Hoodies, Children’s Winter Boots & Coats
- Journals, Activity Books (esp. for Teens),
- Magazine Subscriptions (please call for a list)
- Book Series for young readers by R.L. Stine,
- J.K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket, C.S.Lewis, etc.
- School Supplies are needed all year - no crayons at this time
- Target, Walmart, K-Mart, Footlocker,
- McDonald’s (for field trips), Giant Eagle
* Please, no stuffed animals or baby dolls this year!Important reminders from Santa:
1. Gifts should be new.
2. Please do not wrap!
All wrapped gifts will be opened. We welcome gifts in open gift bags.
3. Please leave price tags on items! This will help us accurately report your donation for tax purposes.
4. Please bring or ship gifts to 11401 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111 by Friday, Dec 12th.
5. Please give advance notice of large donations by calling: 216-476-0333.