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Local businesses make spirits bright for Childcare Resources students

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Four women kneel on the floor. They are facing the camera and surrounded by gifts.
The Childcare Resources Program Committee collects and organizes donated gifts. (L-R) Carol Buhl, Susan Donovan, Claudia McNulty, Sherry Waddell.

Gifts overflowed throughout the Childcare Resources office as local businesses and organizations joined together to ensure that more than 140 Childcare Resources students would have a brighter holiday season.

“Part of our accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children involves implementing ten standards, including building community relationships,” said Childcare Resources School Director Tara Beard. “Building these relationships not only connects families to the resources they need, but also creates a strong positive foundation.”

Wrapped holiday gifts cover counter space, a table, and the floor.
Gifts fill the Childcare Resources conference room

Childcare Resources provides high-quality early education at an affordable cost to working families throughout Indian River County. For years, generous donations of holiday gifts for program students have eased a financial burden on parents and provided holiday magic for children.

“The gifts you are providing mean so much,” said the mother of two girls. “I didn’t know what I would do this year.”

A woman kneels next to a child's bike.
Elena’s daughter received one of a dozen bikes donated by the Grall Law Group.

This year’s 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, PNC Private Bank, Grall Law Group, and Vero Beach Country Club Ladies Golf members.

Once donated, gifts are collected by the Childcare Resources Program Committee and delivered to Childcare Resources. The Committee then organizes all of the gifts for families to pick up in the third week of December.

“I can’t wait to see my daughter’s eyes light up as she opens these gifts,” said the mother of a three-year-old. “Thanks for keeping the magic of Christmas alive.”


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