Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) started the Holiday Wish program 50 years ago to make the holiday season brighter for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or who live in difficult circumstances and surroundings. Over that time, the program has positively influenced over 150,000 children by providing new toys through the facilitation of donations from individuals or groups.
Holiday Wish allows donors a choice to sponsor an individual child, make a monetary contribution or donate new toys. Donors opting for the sponsorship are paired with a child the same age as the donor’s own. The donor’s child then shops from a $40 list of toys the sponsor child has pre-selected. Any monetary contributions are converted to gift cards for youths aged 12 through 18. All donations are tax deductible.