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Local Businesses and Organizations Spread Holiday Cheer through Childcare Resources Wishlist Program

Demonstrating the true spirit of community and compassion, Childcare Resources of Indian River recently witnessed an outpouring of holiday generosity from local businesses and organizations. This collective effort resulted in an abundance of holiday presents for over 115 students from Childcare Resources, Community Preschool, and Learning Nest, ensuring a joyous holiday season for all recipients.

For over a decade, the Childcare Resources Wishlist program has gathered generous donations of gifts for Childcare Resources program students. This initiative plays a crucial role in alleviating the financial strain on parents and creating a magical holiday experience for children.

Five women, all wearing festive hats, stand in a line.
The Childcare Resources Program Committee collects and organizes donated gifts. (L-R) Program Committee Chair Susan Donovan, Joyce Parent, Sherry Waddell, Carol Buhl, and Christine Hammarskjold.

The generous donations were collected by the Childcare Resources Program Committee, responsible for organizing the gifts. The third week of December sees families arriving to pick up the carefully compiled presents.

Christine Hammarskjold, Childcare Resources Board of Director, and a dedicated member of the Program Committee who has volunteered for the Wishlist program for the past two years, shared her enthusiasm: “It is one of my favorite Vero Beach charitable activities. After collecting all the gifts, we wear festive hats and become Santa’s elves. We review each child’s wish list, then sort and compile toys, books, and clothing for each child to ensure an over joyous Christmas morning.”

Two women stand. Each is holding festive gift bags.
Parents pick up holiday gifts for their children, generously donated by local businesses and organizations.

Childcare Resources extends heartfelt gratitude to this year’s Wishlist donors, whose generosity has made a significant impact on the community. Special thanks to Bent Pine Country Club, Community Church of Vero Beach, First Service Residential, Jackson and Glenda Floyd, The Law Offices of Jennifer D. Peske, John’s Island Community Condominium Services, PNC Private Bank, Riomar Country Club, Treasure Coast Pilot Club, and Vero Beach Country Club Ladies Golf members.

Parents eagerly shared their excitement, emphasizing the impact of the community’s support. One mother of 23-month-old twins and a three-year-old said, “It means so much to be able to give Christmas gifts to my boys. As a working family, this helps more than you can imagine.” Another grateful parent commented, “My daughter is four, and this may be her favorite Christmas yet. She is so excited to see what Santa brings, and your gift helped us create the magic of Christmas!”


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