Every year we collect gifts and deliver them to the Cambridge DCF office on Memorial Drive to be distributed to families in the area. I ask for new, unwrapped gifts for children currently in foster care locally. Babies, toddlers, pre-teens, and teens are all in need. Teenagers, in particular, like gift cards. Items needed include clothing, hats, mittens, winter wear, sporting goods, personal care items, art supplies, games, electronics, musical instruments, books, gift cards for area retail stores like Target, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Old Navy, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Newbury Comics, and more.
The Wonderfund strives to empower every child involved with DCF to experience hope, confidence, and joy. They are an ordinary group of people on an extraordinary mission to bring the magic and meaning of childhood into the lives of children who have been impacted by trauma, abuse and neglect. It is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 that serves children engaged with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. They provide comfort and dignity to children in traumatic situations and enrich childhoods that have been impacted by abuse and neglect.
Research shows that childhood trauma makes it more likely for people to suffer from addiction, mental health issues, chronic illness, and early death. By supporting traumatized children, the Wonderfund can help them build resiliency, confidence, and agency over their own lives. We can help them overcome significant obstacles and increase their chance of becoming healthy, productive adults.