Santa Wish Program Information!

Fall is in the air and Christmas will be here before you know it!  Marion County Children Services has a Holiday Assistance Program for children who are not able to be home with their families for the holidays and we could use your help.

Children are removed from their home for various reasons, most of which are at no fault of the child.  Being away from family is hard at any time of the year, but especially during the holidays.  Whether the child is placed in foster care, kinship care, a group home or treatment facility, the gifts they receive through this program always brighten their holidays.  For some, these may be the only gifts they receive.

Over the last 5 years, we have seen a 72% increase in the number of children in agency custody and a 64% increase in the children in kinship care.  Our agency currently has 85 children in agency custody and 82 children in kinship care.  The children, their providers and our agency are extremely grateful for your consideration of participation in our program.  We could use additional Santa’s helpers this year due to the increased number of children in our care!

Each child participating will be writing a “wish list” asking for items with a total value of $50.  Our kids, like all others, will ask for items beyond the dollar amount specified and will probably list several items.  These “wish lists” will then be forwarded to you, the sponsor.  You can then review the list, purchase the item(s) you feel are appropriate, wrap and tag the gifts and deliver them to Children Services.  We do not expect the total wish list to be filled.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.  Any help you can provide is much appreciated!  Please feel free to contact me at 740-386-0411 or email if you have any further questions regarding this program.

Thank you for making a child’s holiday a little brighter this year!



Carrie Grogan

Placement Supervisor