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Children’s Restoration Network to bring gifts to homeless kids
by Nicole Dow
December 18, 2013 08:05 AM | 4431 views | 2 2 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Siemens Director of Communications Cathe Reams and Children’s Restoration Network CEO Cliff Kinsey help provide gifts to homeless kids.
From left, Siemens Director of Communications Cathe Reams and Children’s Restoration Network CEO Cliff Kinsey help provide gifts to homeless kids.
Aiming to benefit more than 2,800 homeless children in metro Atlanta on Christmas Day, Roswell-based Children’s Restoration Network is seeking assistance from the public as it wraps up its annual 12 Days of Caring campaign.

The nonprofit has been collecting toy and gift donations since Nov. 29 and needs help wrapping the presents and delivering the gifts to homeless shelters and group homes.

“The Christmas campaign really is just making sure these kids are not forgotten and making sure that they do have a reason to get out of bed on Christmas,” said CEO Cliff Kinsey.

Volunteers are needed Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for gift wrapping, which will take place at the Roswell Town Center shopping center, in Suite 250 next to Big Lots, at the corner of Holcomb Bridge Road and Alpharetta Highway.

“People are welcome to just show up unless it is a really large group. Then we’d want them to call first,” Kinsey said. “We ask people if they’ve got some extra wrapping paper, tape or scissors to bring it. If not, we’ll have some there. And of course, if people want to bring new gifts to donate, that would be great.”

Those who would like to help deliver the gifts to the children should contact the nonprofit directly and speak to president Jim Cox, who is organizing the distribution.

“Often times when [volunteers] deliver the gifts, they’ll have a little party with the kids like cookies and punch,” Kinsey said.

He said the goal is to give each child at least four or five gifts.

“We believe every kid deserves a childhood,” he said.

“We want Christmas day to be a stress-free day of fun for these kids that are really in a bad way without a real home of their own.”

Instead of just giving individually, some groups have joined together to “adopt” a particular shelter or group home and buy gifts directly off the children’s wish lists.

“Siemens Corporation has adopted 625 children,” Kinsey said. “That is absolutely, by far our biggest contributor through the campaign.”

The nonprofit aids homeless children and their mothers year round. Volunteers for the organization’s tutoring programs and career workshops for homeless mothers, as well as monetary donations, are always needed, Kinsey said.

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