AUSTIN, Texas -- A local nonprofit is set to give out about 20,000 presents to foster children in the greater Austin area.
The Partnerships for Children organization has worked closely with Child Protective Services for 14 years on the Holiday Wishes program which provides children with three or more gifts from their own wish list.
Some of the presents come from sponsors who go out and shop for the child. Other gifts are bought through donations.
"This many times will be the only present that they receive this year, so it's a big deal for them. We really want these kids to be able to experience the holiday like everybody else," said Executive Director Kori Gough.
Volunteers came out on Sunday to help wrap and sort the presents that be will delivered next week.
"The kids don't feel that safe with their mom and their dad, so they usually go to different houses sometimes and visit other people. It feels good to wrap these presents," said Lucy White, a young volunteer.
The warehouse that stores all the toys is at capacity. This is the nonprofit’s most successful year. They will be providing gifts to 5,300 kids in the system. The organization hopes the gifts will give foster families one less thing to worry about this holiday season.
"They are already doing so much by providing a home and a family for these kids and if they need a little bit of extra support, we want to be able to provide it for them,” said Gough.
Caseworkers will begin picking up the toys on Monday and continue delivering throughout the week.
To learn more about the program, visit partnershipsforchildren.org.