400 Children Still Need Someone To Be Their Santa!
Oklahoma City, OK – November 11, 2020 – Putnam City’s CareShare Christmas adoption program is in dire need of support from our community. We have nearly 400 children who have not been adopted as of yet.
“We expected to serve more children this year due to the pandemic. So many families have suffered, which may account for our drop in adopters,” Foundation President Jennifer Seal lamented.
Orchestrated by a group of committed volunteers, CareShare is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to being Santa Claus for children within Putnam City Schools. Whether they want a bicycle, art supplies, or books, our dedicated adopters work to fill those desires and needs. Each child typically gets some new clothes as well, so they can start back to school with confidence.
Former Putnam City counselor Penny Poe brought CareShare to life, and it is now spearheaded by Putnam City West alumni Erin Brewer. CareShare facilitates the matching of families in need with teachers, religious groups, businesses, and various others to ensure Putnam City school children have gifts to unwrap for Christmas.
“Leading CareShare is the best volunteer gig ever!” Brewer exclaimed. “I love Christmas and everything that goes with it, so helping ensure that every child has a joyful Christmas morning is incredibly rewarding for me. Although I don't get to meet the children we serve, I have so much fun working with the amazing school counselors who care so deeply for the students and the generous adopters who remind me that the world is full of good people.”
Brewer estimates she and the adopters spend over 2,500 hours each season ensuring that children have a great Christmas. She expects this year to be even more challenging for families due to the pandemic.
“We anticipate possibly serving 1,500 kids and will need all the community support we can get,” Brewer stated.
CareShare needs people to sign up today to be a part of this heartwarming effort. Adopters can choose the number of children they would like, and are then given a list of the child’s needs, wants and clothing sizes. The amount spent per child is at least $75, and only new items are accepted. To adopt or to donate funds to CareShare, visit https://pcf4kids.org/programs/careshare/christmas.
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.
November 11, 2020