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Feeling the joy of the holidays is especially important for children receiving services from the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Not all kids are able to spend Christmas with their biological families and being in need of DCF support can weigh heavily on families working with social workers in their homes.

Because of the extraordinary generosity of people across the Commonwealth, every child involved with DCF received at least one gift this season. According to the DCF Kids Fund, which handles donations to the Department, more than $2 million in donations were collected by the public and private sector.

“I am deeply touched by the outpouring of kindness,” said DCF Commissioner Linda Spears. “On behalf of the Department I sincerely thank everyone who showed our children what caring people live in our state.”

The donations came from private donors, charitable foundations, college students, businesses and state employees. EMC Corp. covered the costs of gifts for 600 children while Houghton Mifflin donated $900,000 worth of books.

When it appeared some DCF offices might come up short on gifts, a family who had already generously donated wrote a last-minute check for $1,000, while Ernst & Young also stepped in with an additional 11th-hour donation. Students at Massachusetts Maritime Academy charged their fellow cadets $5 and $10 to participate in dress down days and raised enough to buy clothing and gifts for 18 families, whom they shopped for themselves.

A 7-year-old boy whose parents are in the process of adopting a sibling from the Department worried that foster children wouldn’t have gifts, so he spear-headed a toy drive and delivered 97 new toys to a DCF area office. Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s office held a toiletry drive which ensured that children coming into care over the holidays had new personal items to take to their foster homes.

“Some of the gifts children received are life-changing,” said Jennifer Kitchenham, executive director of the DCF Kids Fund. “The IT team from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services not only supported 73 families from our Coastal Area Office in Braintree, but also raised money to buy new beds for two brothers. Other donors purchased IPads and laptops that kids will be able to use for school for years to come.”

The DCF Kids Fund serves as a year-round resource for all DCF-involved children, using donations to purchase emergency items such as clothes and diapers as well as providing children with the opportunity to participate in enrichment programs such summer camp, dance classes and sports. To learn more go to the website, http://dcfkidsfund.org/

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