Local businesses make holidays a bit brighter through Childcare Resources wish list program

Thanks to local donors, the holidays are a bit brighter for Childcare Resources students.

Childcare Resources provides high-quality early education at an affordable cost to dozens of families in Indian River County. For many of these families, the holiday season presents financial challenges. As one parent said, “we were not sure we would be able to provide much of a Christmas.”


Through the holiday wish list program, Childcare Resources collaborates with local businesses and organizations to supply developmentally-appropriate holiday gifts for program students.


Gift bags and assorted toys, including bikes and dolls, line tables and the floor in a conference room.
Gifts, generously donated by local businesses and organizations, make the holidays brighter for Childcare Resources students.

Childcare Resources wish list donors include First Service Residential, Community Church of Vero Beach, the Law Offices of Jennifer D. Peshke, Treasure Coast Pilot Club, Riomar Country Club, Bent Pine Golf Club, and PNC.


Four women smile at the camera, grouped together in a conference room surrounded by gifts. The two women in front are sitting on bicycles.
Members of the Childcare Resources Program Committee, including (L – R) Carol Buhl, Claudia McNulty, Susan Donovan, and Sherry Waddell, organize the collected gifts.

Organized by the Childcare Resources Program Committee, gifts are collected from local businesses and sorted at the Childcare Resources office, where they are picked up by families in the third week of December.


“This year has been a struggle for many, but I am so grateful beyond words,” said one parent, “It takes special hearts to do what you all do, and we are forever grateful.”


Childcare Resources of Indian River, a partner agency of the United Way of Indian River County and Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee, elevates and promotes the highest quality early childhood development and education in Indian River County, focusing on economically challenged children and families. To learn more about Childcare Resources, visit ChildcareResourcesIR.org or call 772-567-3202