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Join Us This Year!

Shopping day is Thursday, December 14th

What is it?

Fostering Hope and Zimmer Radio’s News Talk KZRG are partnering to organize this year’s annual Christmas of Hope campaign. Christmas of Hope is a program that allows our community to come alongside and support foster families in our area by helping to provide gifts for the children in their care. While one of the goals of Christmas of Hope is to support these families by easing the financial burden that often comes at this time of year, the primary mission is to show these children and families that they are loved and supported by their community.

How does it work?

There are nearly 600 children in foster care in our community and surrounding area. Our goal is to raise $50 per child to spend on Christmas gifts and to support as many children as possible. Each year, we provide donors with a commemorative Christmas of Hope ornament for each child sponsored.

The Christmas of Hope program is offered to area foster families as well as to a subset of children of families involved with Children’s Division. Families that would like to participate in Christmas of Hope fill out a “wish list” for each child with clothing needs, favorite toys, interests, etc.

A shopping day is held in mid-December. During this day, many volunteers come together to personally shop for gifts for each child. Gifts will be distributed to each family in time for them to be put under the tree by Christmas morning.

Get Involved

Make A Donation

Each $50 donation provides personalized gifts for one child. Donations will be collected through December 13th.

Volunteer At Our Shopping Day

The Christmas of Hope shopping event is a fun way for individuals, groups, or families to get involved. Shopping day will be held Thursday, December 14th starting at 8am at the 15th Street Wal-Mart in Joplin. When you arrive to volunteer, you will check-in at the Garden Center. Once checked in, you will be given a wish list for one child and will be asked to collect/shop for items for that child. You can come and go as your schedule allows. We will shop until all the presents are purchased, which usually is around 1pm.

Are You a Church That Would Like to Get Involved?

  • Share our promotional video clip with your congregation and/or allow Fostering Hope to set up a table at your church to provide information and collect child sponsorships for Christmas of Hope. If you would like a representative of Christmas of Hope to speak to your church, we are happy to do that as well.
  • Encourage your church members or small groups to consider sponsoring a child or group of children.
  • Encourage church members or small groups to volunteer at our shopping day. This is a great experience for families to do together! Shopping dates will be announced soon.
  • Partner with Fostering Hope in other upcoming events to provide support to foster families and children in foster care.

Are You a Business or Organization That Would Like to Get Involved?

  • Help us get the word out about Christmas of Hope! We are happy to provide informational fliers that you can make
    available at your business.
  • Get a group together to volunteer at our shopping day. Shopping will be held at the 15th St. Walmart starting at 8am on December 14th.
  • Encourage your staff or customers to sponsor a child or as a business sponsor a group of children.
  • Each business that donates will receive recognition through social media and on-air mentions on KZRG.
  • Each business that sponsors 20 children ($1000) or more will be included on our Christmas of Hope t-shirt that will be worn by volunteers on our shopping day. Sponsorships and company logos must be received by December 5th.
  • Challenge other businesses in your industry to match your donation. We will be happy to share your challenge on-air and through social media.

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