Can you imagine what it’s like for a child to be away from their family at Christmas?
Can you imagine what it’s like for a child to be away from their family at Christmas? Imagine how they feel, not having that cup of warm apple cider in front of the tree and reading a holiday story such as T’was The Night Before Christmas. At the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, we care for children who have been the victim of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. And while it is better that they are out of that environment, our children still miss that feeling of family. During this season of their life, we become their family. And with your support, it can be a truly memorable Christmas.
Thalia is one of these children. She came from an abusive home, and was very withdrawn. When confronted with trouble at home, she would often run away. Soon she turned to self-harm as an outlet. Thalia was very antisocial, and avoided speaking to others. She came to the Children’s Home about eighteen months ago and quickly withdrew, spending much of her time alone in her room.
Through the support of her houseparents and therapist, Thalia learned to express her feelings and find her inner strength. She also learned that she liked to sing. During the last several months, her grades have improved noticeably, and she sang this past May at the graduation of our Legacy Scholar Academy seniors. Thalia says that, “God gave me a voice for a reason, and I want to use it.”
Thalia has come a long way in her time at the Children’s Home, but her story isn’t over yet. She is working hard on her school work as she approaches her own high school graduation. Her dream now is to go to college, and maybe even major in music.
For many children, the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home becomes the loving family that these children so desperately need. And isn’t that what we all want … to be cared for and loved? With your support, we can make this a truly magical Christmas for all the children we care for, whether on our Enterprise campus, the Madison Youth Ranch, or through our community foster care homes.
Please consider your most generous gift to support the over 500 children currently in our care at Florida United Methodist Children’s Home during this holiday season. Below are some suggested options. Just click the DONATE button to go to our online giving page.
Feed One Child
$215 per month
$50 per week
With more than 100 children in residential care, our food bill gets expensive! But we all know how important it is to make sure everyone gets three balanced and nutritious meals every day. Won’t you help us with this most basic need?
Purchase an Outfit
$100 to buy a new outfit for one child
Throughout the year, children are provided the money to purchase clothes. A new outfit, including shoes, socks and accessories, typically runs about $100. It might be new clothes for Easter, Christmas or Back To School. For many of our children, it is the first time they have ever dressed up for a holiday service. Wouldn’t you like to bring that smile and pride of looking special on a child’s face?
Prepare for College
$250 for college entrance exams
Many of our children really shine academically, and even go on to college. Your donation of $250 will cover the testing fees, materials, and instruction that one of our children needs to take the SAT or ACT exams.
$150 to cover one child per school year
A good education requires more than textbooks and writing materials. Your donation of $150 will provide one of our children with all the extra fees associated with their education such as athletic equipment for PE class, science labs, academic clubs and school pictures.
Tutor a Child
$75 to tutor one child for one session
Most of our children come to us at least one year behind their grade level. Many of our children also have special learning challenges such as ADD and dyslexia, which can be addressed with the right professional help.
Sponsor an Activity
$250 for an extracurricular activity
If you have (had) a child in dance class, Scouts, on a sports team or some other extracurricular activity, you know that it costs a lot of money. Activities such as this not only build self-esteem, but help to develop team building and leadership skills. Our children have the same needs for activities, but come from homes where spending money for activities is simply impossible. That’s why we would like you to help us offer each of our children the opportunity to do at least one favorite activity.
Give a Gift Card
$25 to buy a Christmas gift card for a child in need
Remember the joy of receiving a beautifully wrapped present with YOUR name on it on Christmas morning? Every one of our children here receives a hand-made stocking full of gifts, as well as gifts for each child based on their individual wish list. Your donation can help make their Christmas wishes come true!
Sponsor a Field Trip
$500 for a field trip for one home
Several times a year, we take all of the residents at the Children’s Home on a field trip. We traditionally go to places such as the zoo, a museum, or the movies. Transportation and discounted tickets can run an average of $500 each trip for the eight children in each home. Can you help ensure that our children will experience some of Florida’s greatest attractions by sponsoring a field trip?