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The Wilson County Department of Social Services hopes to bring holiday cheer for older adults and foster care youth this Christmas season.
Each year, the agency works to help those in need by organizing a Guardian Angel Tree for older adults served by DSS, as well as a gift card drive for older youth who are in foster care.
For those interested in donating to the gift card drive for youth in foster care, any denomination of gift card is accepted, as well as monetary donations to the agency on behalf of foster youth.
“We want our youth and teens in foster care to have a good Christmas,” said Marsha Coffman-Woods, the Wilson County DSS foster care and adoptions team leader. “Navigating the teen years is often hard for many children, but navigating this time while in foster care can be especially challenging. We hope the community will help us brighten the holiday for our youth and teens in foster care.”
The agency also serves several adults who have little to no family support to make decisions on their behalf, officials said. Their financial resources are limited and are used for the cost of their care. The angel tree will help sponsor their need for personal items such as clothes, shoes and undergarments.
Wilson County DSS invites residents to sponsor an adult wish list this year. Gifts are needed by Dec. 18 so items can be delivered in time for Christmas.
“This is a special opportunity to show someone that we care,” said Nikki Mears, Wilson County DSS’ adult services team leader. “We invite the community to join us in our efforts to spread joy and compassion this season.
“Due to confidentiality, names will not be released, but we will match the angel with someone that is willing to meet the need.”
For more information on making a donation, contact Wilson County DSS at 252-206-4000.