Sponsorships provide special Christmas for foster families

December 9, 2020

Each year the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina foster care program seeks out sponsors to help provide a special Christmas for the children in care.

This year, Foster Care Consultant Abbigail Roberts decided to explore new opportunities.

“I was trying to think of ways to help secure Christmas sponsors for our kiddos and decided to use Instagram,” said Roberts.

She specifically reached out to Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Shawn Johnson.

“She replied and was more than happy to help,” said Roberts. “With the help of her assistant Lexi, Shawn and her husband (former NFL player) Andrew East, sponsored six of our children. They were so kind and such a joy to work with.”

The East family’s efforts join the sponsorships of numerous individuals and organizations across the state to provide a special Christmas to children and families served by the foster care program at B&GH.

“We have more than 140 children currently being served through our foster care program,” said Chief Program Officer Donna Yalch. “This does not include the number of children who have been adopted through our program or the families that are being served through our Success Coach and CREATE Hope programs. It is because of sponsorships like this one that we are able to provide each of these children with a happier holiday.”

This desire to make for a positive holiday experience over the pass several years has included a foster care hosted party for all of the families being served. For several years, Waffle International Whiteville owner and B&GH alumnus Ted Williams, his family, and their church, Gethsemane Baptist Church of Galivants Ferry, S.C., have volunteered to do games, serve food, and help with clean up for the event.

“On top of that, they always sponsor several children in foster care for Christmas and make sure to get everything on the child’s wish list,” said Yalch. “Ted and his crew are such a joy to be around and have the most giving hearts. They truly bless us at B&GH and those we serve each and every year.”

The B&GH foster parent experience made such an impact on the Jones family of Cumberland County they decided to do a toy drive in honor of their son’s first birthday. Their entire family participated and a room full of toys, games, and books was donated to the foster care program.

Gifts to support children in the B&GH foster care program also came through an angel tree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Center for Leadership and Engagement.

Children who are cared for on the Lake Waccamaw campus also experience a Christmas to remember thanks to the generosity of sponsors from civic clubs, businesses and individuals from across the state.

“We could not provide such amazing Christmas experiences for the children and families we serve without this kind of support from the community,” said B&GH President/CEO Ricky Creech. “We are truly grateful for everyone who helps create an environment of care where health, healing and hope are experienced every day.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.