Holiday Magic for Kids in Foster Care

By Jessica Ross, Treehouse Chief Development Officer

The holidays can be a painful time for kids in foster care as they are reminded of the family they have lost. At school, they can feel isolated and forgotten as their friends return from winter break with stories of vacations, new gifts, and family gatherings. Receiving a holiday gift with their name on it can turn a day of wondering why they are always forgotten, into a morning that they’ll remember forever.


We are so grateful for the Treehouse supporters and devoted listeners of the KIRO Radio 97.3 Holiday Magic radiothon who donated more than $512,000 to ensure that more than 5,500 kids in foster care across Washington State receive a gift this holiday season. Thanks to our generous community, 777 kids woke up to find a brand new bike waiting for them, 726 have access to learning resources and games with new tablets, 481 will be cheering on the home team in their new Seahawks jerseys, and 397 teens will get to enjoy hanging out with their friends at the movies to see all the newest releases.

In a caregiver’s own words: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving our little girl just what she wanted from Santa. She is now beginning to read and has spent hours enjoying her handheld “computer” in the car. She has had a rough winter being away from her mother’s home and your gift to her speaks volumes of encouragement and hope.”

Thank you to our amazing community for bringing holiday magic to kids in foster care this season!

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About the Author

Jessica Ross is the Chief Development Officer for Treehouse and has provided strategic leadership and direction for fundraising and volunteer engagement efforts for the past eight years.

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