By: Kristy Hartmann, CA DCSS
Contra Costa County DCSS
Contra Costa County DCSS completed their third annual Backpacks for Kids Drive, providing children in their community with 100 backpacks stuffed with essential school items such as notebooks, pencils, crayons, paper, binders, and more. The best part of the drive was giving away the backpacks to the children and seeing their smiles.
Delighted staffers said, “I really enjoyed interacting with the kids while letting them pick out their backpacks. It was a reminder why we do this job every day!” and “This rewarding outreach opportunity allowed me to get involved, to build rapport with my co-workers, and most importantly, to witness our young recipients beam with joy and pride in their chosen backpacks.”
Not only was the Backpacks for Kids Drive successful, other fundraising efforts raised a total of $1,069 for a wonderful way to wrap up the holidays!
Riverside County DCSS
Riverside County DCSS organized a successful Holiday Charity Drive this season. Staff directly helped over 125 kids, including students from Fremont Elementary School. When word spread about all the good things Riverside County DCSS was doing, Arrowhead Credit Union jumped in with their own contributions, donating handmade scarves, beanies, gloves, and other warm winter wear. There was a domino effect! Riverside County Office on Aging also heard about what Child Support Services was doing, and their team helped by purchasing jackets, gloves, clothes, and toys. The parents and principal of Fremont Elementary School were overwhelmed with this year’s donations. One parent said, “My kids grew big over the summer, so they are grateful for anything and I am so grateful for any donation! Thank you so much!”
Other holiday efforts included gifts to the Salvation Army: Child Support Specialist Lisa Hall donated 140 pairs of socks and over 1,000 beef sticks, and the Outreach, Procedural Justice-Informed Alternative, and Ombudsman and Complaint teams made each pair into a present to be given to each resident of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation program. It was truly the season of giving!