Above: It takes a large group of dedicated volunteers to manage the CareShare Christmas program for the Putnam City Schools Foundation. In this photo from 2018, volunteers work together to match families with adopters.
The Putnam City Schools Foundation is asking community members to adopt disadvantaged children for Christmas this year through the CareShare program.
Since 1982, CareShare has been providing gifts for Putnam City children in need. Each year, between 350 and 400 families (1,000 to 1,100 children) receive assistance from CareShare to ensure their children have presents to unwrap Christmas morning.
Families are identified by school counselors and CareShare volunteers match them with community groups, religious organizations, businesses, PTOs, and individuals to fulfil their Christmas wish lists.
Volunteer and Putnam City alumni Erin Brewer is coordinating the program.
“We expect the need to grow this year, but we can only serve as many children as we have people to adopt them,” said Brewer.
Those interested in adopting can sign-up at www.pcf4kids.org/christmas. Registrants may choose how many children they wish to help. The deadline to register is November 1. Adopters are then given a list of the child’s needs, wants, and sizes by mid-November. Typically the amount spent per child is $75 to $100 and only new items are accepted. Donors deliver the gifts directly to the school.
Monetary contributions in support of the program are welcome and can be made online at www.pcf4kids.org. Gifts should be designated for CareShare/Penny’s Closet. Donations may also be mailed to the Foundation at 5401 NW 40th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73122. Putnam City Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible.
For more information contact [email protected] or call the Foundation office at 405-495-5200, ext. 1205.
About the Foundation
The Putnam City Schools Foundation’s mission is to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of children in Putnam City Schools. We serve the students, teachers, and staff of Oklahoma’s fifth-largest school district, through support, recognition, and advocacy, and have for over 30 years. More than 19,500 children and their families benefit from the work we do every day. The support we provide doesn’t just impact our schools. It enables our students to dream big and continue building the strong community we share. To learn more about the Putnam City Schools Foundation call (405) 495-5200, ext. 1205, or visit www.pcf4kids.org.