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||[Nov. 19th, 2005|09:28 am]
Waffle House Capers
Thursday at work I got an e-mail from a co-worker. She said Bartow County DFACS had come earlier in the week and gave some info on their Silent Santa program. This is where you get a wish list of a child in custody and you buy the presents on it for the child. You never see the child and they never see you, but they get what might be their first real Christmas.
I know, because I've been in DFACS for Christmas. Twice.
She encouraged different departments around the plant to team up and adopt a child (a.k.a. buy his/her Christmas list). Within 8 hours we had 10 children adopted. Now keep in mind that these children are asked to write EVERYTHING they want down on that list. Being deprived of so much for so long, these kids want all the big name brands, all the fancy toys, and bikes. Lots of bikes. You can imagine how much 10 children's lists would cost. The thought of adopting a child might be kind of daunting. Well I thought so too. I thought I'd throw in $100 for the Engineering department's child and be done with it. Until I read Chase's list.
Chase is a 3 month old baby. His parents ran a meth lab in Bartow county and he was taken away very early. This baby has almost no clothes, no toys, nothing. My heart dropped when I saw his list. A baby boy. Like Jake. I thought about the list of stuff Jake is getting for his birthday and for Christmas. This baby doesn't have a mommy like me. I called up Tyler and I told him the situation. Tyler and I adopted Chase.
It turns out there is a very big meth problem in Bartow county. Babies are being taken away every day. Some have been neglected and malnourished, some were taken away at birth. DFACS is run on taxes and so children only get a small allowance for clothing and none for toys. You might not live in Bartow county, or even in Georgia, but if you're reading this you have a local DFACS. Think about everything your kids are getting for Christmas. If you don't have kids, even better.
It can be as small as one present or as big as everything on a list, but do something! We all hear about the earthquakes in Pakastan or the Tsunami in the South Pacific, but this is RIGHT HERE at home.
Give a baby Christmas!