During this holiday time of giving and gifting, we’d like to share a story about the kind of “gift” Children’s Place Association provides.

We met Danilo when he was just 7 months old. Danilo was born two months premature and spent much of his first year in neonatal intensive care. He came to us shortly after his release from the hospital and remained in our care until this summer when he danced out of our head start program and into kindergarten – joyful and ready to conquer the path ahead.

Danilo struggled with chronic health issues and serious breathing problems for most of his childhood. To see Danilo share his authentic spark and pure delight as he celebrated his triumphant rite of passage as a thriving “kindergartener to be” epitomizes the positive impact made possible when caring adults like you support the critical services that children like Danilo need to thrive. Danilo can’t say thank you, but we can!

This past month, we launched our $25,000 year-end campaign – Building Pathways Forward – to raise urgently needed funds that will allow us to meet the dramatic rise in our children and families’ need for our care services and programs by December 31.

As we quickly approach the holiday season, our families are experiencing so many hardships with increased heating, food, housing, and living costs.

Thanks to the support of so many generous donors like you, and the wonderful efforts of our Junior Board and Board of Directors, we have already raised nearly $12,000, but we still need your help.

Each day, we serve so many other children like Danilo whose start in life has been beset by challenges and adversity. This holiday, help create a brighter future full of promise and hope for a child. Join us today and become a Child Champion by donating and sharing our work with others.

  • $50 – Supports our Emergency Relief Fund for food, medicine, and other vital resources for kids and families in crisis
  • $100 – Family Health & Wellness: Help a family facing serious health issues and poverty receive family support services that help them stabilize, improve their health and work towards self-sufficiency, such as programming on financial literacy, nutrition, safety, and job training.
  • $250 – Mental Health Support: Provide mental health counseling and support services to a child impacted by abuse, untreated mental health issues, and the trauma of neighborhood violence.
  • $500 – A Safe Place for Youth to Learn & Play: Help provide a safe, supportive space after school for at-risk youth in unsafe neighborhoods by covering food, transportation, and supplies for 3 weeks of afterschool activities.

Other ways to help:

  • Share our work with friends, family, and colleagues
  • Ask 5 people you know to give $25.

Your support goes to their most pressing needs this season so they can survive into adulthood and share their unique gifts with the world. From our hearts to yours, thank you!