At this time, more than 275 families have requested aid. Families have indicated on special forms what gifts their children might like and whether clothing or food is needed.

We have all heard of parents sacrificing for their children at Christmastime as well as throughout the year, but how often do you hear of a child making a sacrifice for a parent?

Last year Child Advocacy’s “Christmas Is Sharing” program had such a case. An 11-year-old boy asked for a bicycle for Christmas and nothing else other than clothing. Through the generosity of a local florist, Janine’s, a new bicycle was purchased and put together for the boy.

Several weeks after Christmas the mother of the child appeared at The Child Advocacy Thrift Store to thank them for helping her family. The reason the boy had wanted a bike so desperately was that his father needed transportation to work and the boy thought they would be able to share the bike. The Spirit of Christmas is a gift in which we can all share through the local “Christmas Is Sharing” program.

The “Christmas Is Sharing” program is well underway in Camden County.

The Camden County Child Advocacy Council has been providing help for Christmas for more than 30 years to families in need so it is not surprising that at this time Child Advocacy has more than 100 families who have not as yet been adopted. Many organizations and individuals have already adopted families of all sizes.

At this time, more than 275 families have requested aid. Families have indicated on special forms what gifts their children might like and whether clothing or food is needed. Some 258 families with 687 children completed forms last year. Child Advocacy also provided gifts for 67 foster children. So the number of families needing help is already over and above last year.

Anyone interested in adopting a family may either contact Inez Killam at Inez@bookrak.com or may call or come by the Child Advocacy Thrift Store in Camdenton. You may reach Monica or other volunteers at the Thrift Store by calling 346-0003 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.