“The holidays will definitely be a bit brighter for hundreds of foster children this year.” said Sanna Gast, organizer of the Clermont County Community Toy Chest. “I would like to thank the many individuals, businesses, church groups, and county agencies that purchased gifts to be distributed to the 315 children who are in the care of the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services.”
On a recent morning, several hallways at the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services’ offices in Batavia were lined with brightly wrapped gifts, as Santa’s elves began sorting them by number to ensure they would reach their destination quickly.
"While we target the drive to the holiday season, monetary donations and gifts are used year round for birthdays, the first day of school, graduation, and other milestones in a child's life," said Gast. "The children in foster care are going through a difficult period in their lives and these gifts can help make them feel a little better. I can't describe how excited they are to receive these items. There are so many tears and smiles."