Help make Christmas extra special for the children at the Cleveland Christian Home!
In 2010 and 2011 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. I'm hoping we can all work together again this year and raise some money for the kids.
Christmas is the saddest and most depressing time of the year for children who have been abandoned 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 Cleveland Christian Home. I didn't want my father to know how I was still so affected by his horrific decision to sign over custody of me and my older brother and place us in foster homes. I kept the gifts quiet from everyone but I knew what they meant to the children.
But now my father is gone. He died in 2007 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. The amount you donate and your name are added to our DONATIONS
page and to the sidebar Christmas block...unless you specifically request to be anonymous. And then the exact gifts, prices and the actual invoice are attached so everyone can see. I'll personally be donating too, but I'm having a difficult year so it will be limited.
If you want you can call the Cleveland Christian Home and verify everything I've said. The number is 216-476-0333. 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, $10 or even $50 please click on the PayPal button in the right sidebar on the Home page and Forums page. Once we get to about December 10th I will order presents from Amazon.com off of the Christmas Wishes 2015
list and have them shipped directly to the Cleveland Christian Home. .
Please consider donating a few dollars so that we can give the kids at the Cleveland Christian Home a better Christmas.