Children’s Bureau has been offering social services to Indiana kids and families for more than 165 years, including prevention of abuse and neglect, preservation of families and placement for children who lack safe and healthy homes.
James and Ruth Ann raised their two grandsons since birth. But when James learned he had lung cancer last year, he knew his lifelong career in construction was about to end. With the family’s main source of income gone, the couple turned to Children’s Bureau (CB) when they struggled to meet basic needs.
A case manager met with the family to develop a plan to move forward. She also offered to place the boys in CB’s Hope for the Holidays program. Miles away, a childless couple in the city read the family’s story at http://h4h.childrensbureau.org; they were sympathetic to the grandparent’s struggle and became committed to providing the boys a joyful holiday.
The family never imagined the outpouring of generosity they would receive. The sponsors did an amazing job choosing gifts! The boys had mentioned that they loved riding bicycles, although neither child owned one. The couple gave each boy a brand new bicycle, plus helmets, pads, a pump and a tool kit just for repairing bikes. Each child also received clothes, a chess set and a play tent.
Ruth Ann and James cried when they read the card from their sponsors and saw the gifts. It was a wonderful moment. They asked their case manager to share pictures of the boys trying their bicycles out on Christmas day.
If you would like to share your giving spirit with a child in need this holiday season, please visit http://h4h.childrensbureau.org on or after November 3, 2016.