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County of Santa Clara Sponsoring Operation Santa Drive for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Collected Gifts to be Distributed Among Hundreds of Youngsters in Need
WHAT:
For the 24th consecutive year, the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services is coordinating the Operation Santa Project, a collection and distribution drive that benefits hundreds of youngsters in Foster Care.  Coordinators will be collecting monetary  donations and gifts for children and youth, ages 0 to 21.
 
WHO:
Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services.
Santa Clara County Employees
Individuals and organizations
 
WHEN:
Checks written to Santa Clara County Operation Santa and gifts can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Items will be collected through December 21, 2012.
 
WHERE:
San Jose Family Resource Center
591 N. King Rd., San Jose. (408) 793-8800
 
WHY:
Operation Santa benefits foster children ages 0-18 and former foster youth ages 19-20, who continue to need support as they transition into adulthood. The Operation Santa Drive is possible through the generous donations from County of Santa Clara employees, local organizations, businesses, and individuals.
 
Santa Clara County carries the 12th largest out-of-home child welfare caseload in California as of January 1, 2012. Over, 1,003 children, ages 0 to 18, were placed in supervised foster care placements, which include Relative Homes, Foster Family Agency Homes, and County Licensed Foster Homes. These children and youth often come from impoverished backgrounds, and have been abused or neglected. Because they might experience instability in their living environments, they are not able to celebrate the holidays in any traditional sense. There are also several hundred children who are at home with their parent, where previously in foster care and are still receiving supportive services who are also in need of donations and gifts to bring a degree of normalcy to their holidays as well.
Individuals who wish to make monetary donations can send the checks to the Department of Family and Children’s Services, c/o Operation Santa, 379 Tomkins Ct. 2nd Floor, Gilroy, CA. 95020.
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Stanley Lee, Social Services Agency (408) 408-755-7760.
Posted: December 10, 2012