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FRIDAY FOCUS – Charles County Children’s Aid Society

The Charles County Children’s Aid Society was founded in 1934 by a group of compassionate women who saw a need in the community. The organization has continued to thrive and grow over the years, working to improve the quality of life for struggling families within Charles County. The Children’s Aid Society provides a food pantry, clothing, baby and household items along with holiday assistance to thousands of families. In this week’s Friday Focus, we caught up with Danielle Wilmoth, Executive Director, and discovered the generosity this organization provides all year long.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
A: Children’s Aid has been serving residents of Charles County for over 80 years. Our goal is to help ease burdens families in the county may have when it comes to providing basic life necessities to their families. We are a food pantry and clothing closet and also offer a variety of items depending what we get donated. These things include baby items, personal hygiene items and household items. Children’s Aid also offers support to families during different holidays. We have a School Supplies Distribution, during which we distribute 1,500 filled book bags to children going to CCPS. We have a Christmas program called Christmas Toy Connection in which we partner with DSS and help approximately 1,200 families provide Christmas gifts to their children. We also distribute Easter and Thanksgiving baskets.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
A: I personally enjoy working our two major events, School Supplies Distribution and Christmas Toy Connection. Over the last five years I have met some incredible people during these events. Whether they are clients who are extremely grateful for the service or the volunteers who give their free time to help us ensure each project is a success.  My heart is always so full walking away from these events after seeing a community come together to support each other.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: The biggest challenge our organization, like other non-profits in the area face, is funding.
Whether that funding comes from actual monetary assistance or by the donations of goods.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
A: Our next event is Designer Purse Bingo on March 11, 2018. Bingo will be held at the American Legion and you can buy tickets ahead of time or at the door. In addition to playing bingo for the chance to win a designer purse, we will have delicious desserts, raffles, auction items and more. Additionally, when you bring a package of diapers, you will receive one extra game sheet. We also participate in several yard sales throughout the year. See our full list here.  
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
A: People can get involved with Children’s Aid in a couple of ways. We take volunteers in our warehouse and office on a daily basis, we also need volunteers for all of our projects throughout the year. Our organization survives off of donations, whether they are physical items or monetary donations. We accept gently used and new items so that we can distribute them back out into the community. To find out more information on volunteering, donating or any other questions, people can visit our website, give us a call or send us an email at info@childrens-aid-society.org