Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. First Annual Virtual Fundraiser
As the night air becomes cooler, leaves are beginning to change color, and the scorching summer heat is fading into crisp autumn days. While the thermometer drops, we slowly turn our eyes to the holiday season and begin prepping for meals with family, shopping for holiday gifts, and deciding which decorations will adorn our homes this season. Unfortunately, for many, the holiday season is not a time of joy and cheer but a time of stress and loneliness. This is particularly true for the over 9000 children currently in foster care in Kentucky.
The holiday season is one of the hardest times for them as they are forced to spend the holidays away from family and friends often in a stranger’s home or residential facility.
Through no fault of their own, these children have had to endure very negative circumstances and often arrive in foster care with no more than the clothes on their backs, full of fear and uncertainty.
Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc., a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization serving Jefferson County, is here to change that and help the children within the foster care system have the tools they need to be successful citizens in our community...and you can help!
Our goal is to be able to reach all 1100 foster children in Jefferson County so that no child feels forgotten and has support and programs to help them develop into productive adults! While some foster children are able to move in and out of the system successfully, many are not, and this is where generous people like yourself can step in and ensure a smile is brought to these children’s faces as they endure a difficult period in their lives.
Santa's Little Helpers, Inc. is dedicated to developing age-appropriate programming and support for foster children and since its inception in 2017, with the help of amazing volunteers and support from people like you, they have been able to positively affect almost 200 foster children’s lives through the following programs:
“Keep Our Kids Reading Program” This program targets children of all ages and began this summer with the need for books in the foster care system. Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. installed a little free library in July in the Springhurst Towne Center and we keep it fully stocked with books for the youth of all ages in the community. We have already stocked more than 250 books since its grand opening in July 2020. This summer, we partnered with the Louisville Free Public Library’s Summer Reading Program to get books in the hands of children. The library donated books to our little library during the summer months.
“Book Bag Project” Developed in response to a need for foster children transitioning to new out-of-home placements, this program ensures the children and youth do not have to use a trash bag to transport their belongings. By providing bags and books to social workers through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. is trying to ensure every child has a proper means of transporting their belongings with dignity and has already donated 85 bags to the Cabinet to date.
“Pajamas for Christmas Program” Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. longest standing program that serves foster children living in residential facilities by gifting them brand new pajamas and they have already gifted over 100 pairs of pajamas to St. Joseph's Children’s Home since 2017. This year they will be donating another 45 pairs, however, this number is much too low leaving too many children without a brand new pair of Christmas pajamas and you can help!
How You Can Help
Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. is run solely by an amazing group of about 50 volunteers and its funding is provided primarily from donations from board members, individual donations, donations from businesses, and partnerships with other organizations.
With over 1100 children in foster care within Jefferson County alone, Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. needs your support to help more children in need.
Your generous donation will go directly to supporting the children of Kentucky who are currently in foster care and help new children have a smoother transition while providing the tools and support needed to help these children be successful citizens in our community.
The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to show these children they are not alone!
We are crowdfunding for operational costs and program support for our organization such as the purchase of more books and pajamas and support for our future goals.
Please visit our website at www.santaslittlehelpersinc.com or our Facebook @santaslittlehelpersinc and Instagram at santaslittlehelpersinc to learn more about our organization and how you get involved.
Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. thank you from the bottom of their hearts for our generous support and asks that you please share our campaign with your family, friends, and coworkers so that no foster child feels invisible during the holiday season and beyond.
Foster children are a population that is often invisible to so many in our community. That is why Santa’s Little Helpers, Inc. has two new programs kicking off soon! “Santa’s Little Helpers Story Time” starts in October 2020 and this will be a virtual story time series. Viewers can tune in to hear seasonal and holiday stories on our YouTube channel.
A very exciting program launching next year is the “Future Forward Program”. Working with high-school aged foster children to help prepare them for the future by offering classes to begin the planning process for life after foster care. This program will focus on helping children explore pathways to the future based on their passions and interests using assessment tools, creative writing assignments, professional development webinars, and coaching sessions. In collaboration with Passion Works, LLC, we will create individualized plans with practical guidance to help them achieve their goals.
Thank you again for your support! Your donation makes a positive impact on the lives of foster children and together we can help so many more as our mission is to not only help the over 1100 children in Jefferson County, but to be able to reach all 9000 plus children in Kentucky foster care within the next 5 years!
About Our Founder
Michelle Williams founded this organization in July of 2017 as a way to give back to her community. Her mother was also a foster parent and after witnessing the stress these children go through, she decided this was a way to help more foster children feel welcomed and supported during a very difficult time in their lives.