Help a Child this Holiday Season

Fulfill the wishes of children and families in need.

We currently have thousands of children anxiously hoping that their wish, often as basic as a bed, food or clothing, will come true. You can help fulfill the wishes of children in crisis by picking up a Wish Tag at one of our participating locations or by using our online donation form.

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Help a Child in Need

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

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Give a Gift of Love

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

Our Video Tells the Story

Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Goal!

Our 2018 Goal: $350,000

When a child leaves an abusive situation the transition is often sudden and unexpected. It is not uncommon for children to leave an abusive situation wearing nothing more than a sheet. The trauma that can come from being removed from your family while nearly nude and then placed in the care of strangers has been described by many as being more traumatizing than the abuse itself. Legally a child must have their own bed, warm blankets, clothing, hygiene products and an adequate supply of food to remain with their non-abusive family members and out of the foster care system.

Please help us to ensure that these children are given everything they need from the first moment on. Help us to ensure that these children know that what they have endured, does not define who they grow up to be.

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The Founder’s Story

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Thank you to every individual, family, and organization that has sponsored a child as part of our Wish Tag program this year! With your effort and generosity we will be providing the children of our region with a touch of holiday magic. These stories are often times heartbreaking, but knowing we are helping each child that participates in our program is the greatest gift and what the holiday season is truly about.

While we would love to be able to individually recognize all of our great supporters, we thought we would share one story which we are blessed to say is indicative of the feelings that are shared by many donors. The Conerty family of Maryland (pictured) sponsored a child with severe disabilities, who after seeing teenagers go to prom last spring, dreams of being a princess. The Conerty Family chose to sponsor this very deserving little one in honor of Janette Conerty’s sister "who had the biggest heart to help those in need.” Thank you to the Conerty family, we appreciate your support!

Please feel free to share your story with us in the comments, we love hearing how this program not only helps the children we designed it for…but also the impact it has on those who fulfill these tags.

With just one week to go until final drop-off and deliveries, there are still tags available for those interested and able to meet the short timeline. Thank you to the businesses and their patrons who support with general donation items that allow us to satisfy the otherwise unfulfilled wish tags. It’s also a time when monetary donations that are generously given allow us to make purchases using our access to special discounts in making holiday wishes come true.

Thank you from the full TOMVO team!
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Important dates:

🌲 Saturday, December 8th: The last day to sign up for holiday assistance.

🌲 Monday, December 10th: Businesses with remaining Wish Tags that they don’t think they will be able to get sponsored are asked to bring them back to the Crisis Intervention Center by noon for redistribution.

🌲 Saturday, December 15th: The final day to drop off Wish Tag items.

🌲 Saturday, December 15th-Monday, December 31st: We will not be accepting gently used items during this time so we can focus exclusively on getting emergency aid and holiday gifts to children in crisis.

We thank you in advance for your support.
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A HUGE shout-out to Scott Rieger and the team at Fuccillo Ford of East Greenbush for generously providing the organization with a loaner vehicle free of charge!

Not only are they generously lending us the vehicle but they also drove it to us in Schenectady County.

This averts us from an immediate organizational crisis so we can get back to helping children in the Capital Region and figure out how we are going to secure a vehicle for our long-term needs.

Thank you Fuccillo Ford of East Greenbush! 💕
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Twenty minutes ago, we were called to the Crisis Intervention Center for an emergency referral. We interviewed the family and determined that they, were a victim of circumstance, and that we could prevent their children from being taken from their Mummy and Daddy. We loaded the aid in our truck and then, unexpectedly, the corporate vehicle died.

We shouldn’t be surprised, as our corporate vehicle has over 200,000 miles on it. Still, it is the only vehicle we have to support the thousands of children in crisis that depend on us each and every year.

We contacted a local business and they agreed to transport aid to the family, but effective immediately, we are unable to transport aid to children in crisis.

We understand the impact this will have on children and families and hope to resolve this issue soon. In the mean time, we ask that you share this post, in hope that someone in the world will recognize our need, and do everything they can to ensure that these children are NOT left behind.
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