This week we’ve turned the blog over to Dondra Floresca, a leader with one of Putnam City’s outstanding programs, CareShare.
CareShare-Why We Do It
Children in Putnam City come in all shapes and sizes, and unfortunately some of them are in families who can’t afford to have a Christmas celebration, who won’t have something to open on Christmas morning. In 1982, counselor Penny Poe started the CareShare program when she recognized this need. She knew there were people in the community who would want to help. That same year, approximately 40 families (150 children) were given the joy of unwrapping a gift on Christmas morning. In the 34 years since it began, CareShare has grown tremendously. This year, we will help approximately 400 families (1,000 children). As volunteers, we COULD NOT do this without the help of the Putnam City community (people like YOU!)
As soon as the new school year begins, counselors at each school start accepting CareShare forms from families who need our help. As volunteers match families with adopters, we read heart-wrenching stories of the struggles some of our children face daily. The grandfather who is wheelchair-bound raising three elementary-aged grandchildren, the family whose mom recently received a cancer diagnosis and whose dad lost his job, the mother working at 7-Eleven to provide for her four school-aged children, two of which have special needs. These are just a few examples of the reason we know CareShare is so important for Putnam City schools, and the reason we ask for your help.
Every year in early November, a group of 15-20 volunteers gather at the home of CareShare angel Sherri Boyd. It’s MATCHING DAY! We will match Putnam City families whose children would otherwise have nothing to unwrap at Christmas with “adopters” who want to make sure they do. These “adopters” are churches, PTOs, schools, local businesses, and Putnam City alumni.
If you or your company would like to adopt a family, please fill out the CareShare Adoption Form and send it back to the Putnam City Foundation office by October 30th. We also gladly accept donations, as we provide coats and shoes to students in need throughout the school year.
As CareShare founder Penny Poe once said, “We are helping children hold onto their hopes.” We sincerely appreciate your help!