Christmas came a little early for 20 foster children when they were thrown a party on the evening of December 21. The foster children from Winslow and Holbrook came together to celebrate Christmas with their foster parents.
The party featured a dinner, games, prize give-aways and gifts handed out by Santa Clause.
Several area businesses, organizations and individuals helped to make this Christmas special for the kids.
APS workers helped Santa by contributing the toys given to the kids. St. Joseph’s Bingo donated a six-foot tall stocking full of toys and games that one lucky child won in a drawing.
Other groups that helped the party to happen were Wal-Mart, Winslow Rotary, Desert Scene Lodge, Basha’s, the American Legion, Catholic Social Services of Yavapai, Winslow’s Catholic Community and Sue Evans.
Child Protective Services has about 40 children in their program from the surrounding areas. Twelve area homes serve as foster homes for the kids.
Mary Lopez of Child Protective Services explained that the community’s support really helps the kids to have a good holiday, since the state only gives $45 to foster parents for each child to be used to purchase gifts.