SCHENECTADY, NY (WWBT) - Some children in upstate New York are asking for basic things for Christmas, such as food, clothes, and shampoo.
A non-profit called Things of My Very Own works to close the gap on what social services can provide and what children need.
"Children that have either experienced or been impacted by extensive abuse and neglect or who are at risk of a child protection protective services intervention," CEO and Founder Rayn Boncie told WNYT.
This year, the organization created tags asking what children wished for. They wished for simple things, such as a comb or new clothes. One child wished for a dad.
A 10-year-old boy wrote, "I want school snacks so I'm not the only one not eating during snack time at school."
The organization said the most heart-wrenching was "a teenage boy who asked for feminine hygiene products for his younger sister, so she wouldn't have to keep missing school."
"Every tag is connected to a child who wants to believe that someone in the world cares about their well-being," the organization said. "If we can show them for one moment that someone put their needs ahead of their own, maybe they will finally believe that what they have endured does not need to define who they grow up to be. For many of these children, we are the spark of hope that lights up their otherwise dark world. Many individuals and businesses have already stepped up, asking for tags, and for these children, we hope it is only the beginning."
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