CWP is a volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-frills project with 100 percent of donations going toward the mission. We work under the guidance of “Keep it simple … Don’t lose focus.” For two months out of the year, CWP operates without insurance, office space, supplies or even a post office box, to give Tarrant County foster children the best Christmas possible. There’s no middleman or overhead costs. The Tarrant County Foster Parents Association, The Chosen Ones, and the staffs of Our Community Our Kids (OCOK) and other agencies get CWP information distributed to the county’s foster parents. The parents then fill out an online form about their child and their child’s wish. CWP volunteers search for, purchase, and organize those wishes to be distributed in time for Christmas morning.
Through generous supporters, CWP establishes its base in a donated warehouse to organize purchases and gift pick-ups. Savvy CWP shoppers utilize every coupon, credit card offer, and connection to stretch donations to the fullest. Gifts are available for pick up by the foster parents weeks before Christmas, allowing them to play Santa with their foster children on Christmas Day, just like a real family.
The idea is simple. Help foster parents make precious, long-lasting memories for their foster child. While many of the children wish for their first bike and older teens wish for gift certificates to buy stylish clothing for themselves, the result is the same: foster children enjoying a simple childhood rite of passage that many of us take for granted.
In 2016, CWP granted wishes for more than 940 foster children … its biggest year ever! And there’s no slowing down. With your generosity, CWP can continue making a difference in the lives of children across the county.
In the Spirit of Giving,
Becky L. Haskin Wendy Dalton Gail Tidwell Amy Helling Kristin Anglin
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