Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and joy. However, for many families in our community, it is also a time of stress, depression and sadness when holiday dreams seem impossible. Christmas for the Kids Osceola (CFTKO), Inc., is a locally run non-profit organization made up of local businesses, governmental agencies, schools, community organizations and citizens who are committed to making those impossible dreams come true for children here in our own county. The mission of CFTKO is “to reach out to local families in need by providing a gift during the holiday season. We rely on the generosity of our community to help reach the goal of fulfilling the needs of families with children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas.”
Since 2009, this coalition of our community has served more than 10,000 families by providing gifts, food vouchers and hygiene products. Every year, the goal is to provide gifts for more than 3,000 children, with the aim to also provide personal hygiene items to these same children. However, these lofty goals can only be achieved when everyone works together. Osceola Woman Newspaper is participating with Christmas for the Kids this year and want our readers to know that we will be accepting toy donations at 3201 Budinger Ave, St. Cloud, FL 34769.
One volunteer said, “In a perfect world, the number of children we serve would go down each year. However, the reality is that number will continue to rise. We need your help to give these deserving children a joyous Christmas.”
There are many ways that you can help with this effort! As an individual, you can donate toys, your time, or an individual pledge at http://www.cftko.org to help purchase toys or other items for the families. No gift is too small to make a difference! If you are a small business owner, you can host a toy drive or collect toy donations at your place of business, volunteer your time or make a financial donation. CFTKO is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your gift is tax deductible and stays right here in your community. If you have any additional questions, or want to get involved, you can call 407-891-1225.