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Caritas Family Solutions kicks off annual Secret Santa campaign supporting foster children

Caritas Family Solutions is encouraging people to give back to foster children this holiday season by taking part in its annual Secret Santa program. As the largest provider of foster care services in Southern Illinois and the second largest in the state, the donations and gifts from this program provide year-round support for more than 1,700 foster children in their care.

“At Caritas Family Solutions, we want to be sure that each child in care can experience the same traditions many of us have been blessed to have,” said Caritas Family Solutions CEO Gary Huelsmann. “Beyond helping kids in foster care, Secret Santa donations also support the foster parents who have opened their homes to children in need by helping provide that experience. Every year, Caritas Family Solutions relies on generous donors to help make dreams come true for more than 1,700 children in our care and helps create lasting memories for these children.”

Caritas has created Secret Santa tags for every foster child in their care which includes information about the type of Christmas gift they’d like to receive. Huelsmann said monetary donations can also play a critical role in supporting all of Caritas’s programs and foster children year-round.

To become a Secret Santa, go online, or in person to one of the participating locations throughout the Metro East and Southern Illinois and select a Secret Santa tag. Caritas’s Secret Santa website also includes Amazon wishlists with gifts for a variety of other programs including Fontebella, a maternity home for women experiencing homelessness; Community Integrated Living Arrangements, group homes for people with developmental disabilities; and Fox River Assisted Living for moderate to low-income seniors.

People can drop off new, unwrapped gifts at the location listed on Caritas Family Solutions website at www.caritasfamilysolutions.org/secretsanta or donate by phone, online, or by mailing in a check. All donations will go to support the services provided by Caritas Family Solutions.

Founded in 1947, Caritas Family Solutions is a nonprofit social service agency whose mission is to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of individuals and families in order to create healthy relationships, loving homes, and strong communities. Services include adoption, pregnancy care for women who are homeless, foster care, counseling, residential treatment for children healing from abuse and/or neglect, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities (CILA), and assisted living and employment assistance for low-income seniors.

Caritas serves more than 6,000 individuals annually across Southern Illinois from offices located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, Glen Carbon, Alton and Effingham as well as satellite locations in Highland and Sparta. For additional information, visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.

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