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This Holiday Season, we're rallying our community around the needs of local kids and families!  Join us in supporting vulnerable youth, children and teens in foster care, single parents and foster families around the Greater Sacramento Area. There is something each of us can do to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the life of a child this year!

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A gift. A warm holiday meal. A brightly lit tree and a childhood memory. Christmas baskets filled with sweet treats. The encouragement that comes from receiving a tray of cookies or a gift card. However you choose to bring joy to a local child, caregiver or family this holiday season, it will make a difference.

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CHRISTMAS TOYS & GIFTS FOR FOSTER YOUTH

Buy gifts for local foster kids now-Dec. 10th using our Amazon registry & have them shipped to us for delivery! For questions, email michelle@defendingthecause.org

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HOLIDAY MEALS FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES

Bring relief to a vulnerable family by ordering a yummy pre-made Thanksgiving or Christmas meal directly from the family's local grocery store.

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HOLIDAY CHEER FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

Encourage social workers in our region who work tirelessly to support local foster & vulnerable youth by providing a $10 coffee gift card or platter of Holiday cookies!

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DONATE TO THE CHRISTMAS
GIFT FUND 

Do you prefer giving rather than shopping? We've got you covered. Simply donate to our Christmas Gift Fund, which will help cover the needs of local vulnerable kids/families! 

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SPONSOR A COTTAGE FOR CHRISTMAS

Sponsor a Christmas tree, gift bag and/or home starter kit for the women and children living in cottages at Acres of Hope.

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HOLIDAY GIFT
BASKETS FOR CAREGIVERS

Encourage a local foster parent or caregiver by putting together a themed Holiday gift basket. This is a great way to support those caring for kids on a daily basis. 

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CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH

Gift cards are one of the most popular holiday requests of local foster youth, especially teens. Help answer a holiday wish by participating in our holiday gift card drive.

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The Holidays aren't the only times that needs arise. Help local children & families in their times of crisis and with emotional needs by providing for the essentials in life - supplies, hope and the chance to make good memories.

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EMERGENCY
SUPPLY DRIVE

Help us stock our emergency storage locker with essential supplies so that we can help kids & families in crisis mode, from emergency foster care placements, to aged-out youth and vulnerable families.

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FUNDING FOR COUNSELING SERVICES

High quality, trauma-informed counselors  are hard to come by and for foster/adoptive families this expense is often not covered. Join us in raising $10,000 to provide 6 sessions of trauma counseling to 15 local families caring for at-risk youth. 

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ACTIVITY GIFT CARDS
FOR TEENS

Provide FUN memories for a teen in foster care by giving an activity gift card redeemable at local entertainment venues or restaurants. This also gives social workers & mentors a point of connection.

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BE AVAILABLE TO
MEET LARGE NEEDS

A few times a year our partner agencies & nonprofits reach out with big request items needed by the youth or families they serve. Would you like to be notified when one of those big asks comes through? 

Contact michelle@defendingthecause.org

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GAS & GROCERY
GIFT CARDS

A grocery or gas gift card can prevent a crisis for a single parent, aged-out foster youth or family in need. Providing these basic items is a great way for the community to show support.

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Be a champion for the local nonprofits making a difference for kids and families on a daily basis. Here are some great opportunities to support our nonprofit partners through volunteering, giving or shopping!

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CONNECT WITH

LOCAL NONPROFITS

The Alliance partners with amazing nonprofits around the Greater Sacramento Area that serve vulnerable kids and families. They would LOVE a helping hand!

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MAKE A DONATION
ON 11/30

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to support local nonprofits making a difference in our community. Consider supporting The Alliance or one of our many Alliance Members.

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SHOP & SUPPORT
FOSTER YOUTH

Deer Creek Farm, a boutique gift shop by Compassion Planet has vintage finds, inspirational gifts, and unique treasures. Shop for Christmas gifts and support local youth!

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BUY GREAT BOOKS & GIVE BACK

Buy great books for your kids through our Usborne Books & More rep, Kam Budwal, & a portion of the proceeds will go towards books for local foster youth!

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SHOP FOR SOCIALLY
CONSCIOUS CLOTHES

Find unique clothing, gifts and jewelry at this online boutique filled with socially responsible products. Purchase the Brave Manifesto T and 20% goes to The Alliance!

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COOKIES WITH
A CAUSE

At Kelli's Cookies you'll find amazing cookie platters or individually wrapped cookies for any Holiday occasion. Plus the bakery is staffed by former foster youth!

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Every child is just one healthy adult away from being a success story.
Could you step up and become a mentor or advocate for a local child, teen or young adult?

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BUILD RESILIENCE

AS A MENTOR

Through one-to-one mentoring, both children and teens can connect with healthy role models who can help them grow and succeed in life!

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BECOME A COURT APPOINTED ADVOCATE

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) help prevent abused, neglected, abandoned, and at-risk children from becoming lost in the overburdened juvenile court system.

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Do you have a heart for kids and an open bed in your house? Consider providing a temporary or forever family for a child or teen that needs a safe place to call home.

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ATTEND A FREE ORIENTATION

Join us on Dec. 6 from 7-8:30pm on Zoom for a free workshop covering the requirements, approval process, timeline and cost of foster care plus info about adoption. 

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CONNECT WITH A TRUSTED AGENCY

Foster care and adoption agencies are there to provide expert advice and support for all families willing to welcome children into their home and we partner with some of the best!