A Blanket and a Warm Coat: Caring for Carolinas Helps Check Off - WNCT

A Blanket and a Warm Coat: Caring for Carolinas Helps Check Off Kids' Christmas Wish Lists

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Four-year-old Yoni's Christmas list was simple.

"They have a lot of warm clothes, underwear and socks and clothes and shoes," said Children's Place Director Peggy Ford.

Those are simple wishes, but Yoni does know what colors she hopes those things come in.

"Pink and purple and blue," she giggled.

For these kids, getting that clothing and choosing the colors is a big deal.  Many of the children at Children's Place are at-risk due to trauma or neglect.   But this weekend, Yoni was in great hands-picking out her own pink, purple, and blue with a guardian angel of sorts, Patty Bryant.

"I wanna cry, I mean it just is, they get to pick out what they want and to know this is theirs," Bryant said.

For some little ones, what they want as theirs is a warm pink jacket, put it on, zip it up, and check out that smile.  Yoni did have one special item on her list too.

"Today mine got a blanket, she wanted a blanket," Bryant said of shopping with Yoni.

And wrapped up with that, she got a lot of love, and memories are likely to last long after checkout.

"We're talking about kids that are now adults with jobs who come back and make donations, that's where it goes full circle, to see how much it was important to them even now," Ford explained.  "This day meant so much to them because it was one of the few times they ever got to choose the clothes they got to wear."

And from the little ones today--

"Merry Christmas!"

The money the children spent was part of Caring for Carolinas.  WJBF News Channel 6, Aiken Regional Medical Center, and Maxwell Law Firm partnered together to raise money for those kids through an event called Cosmic Bowling.

To learn more about Children's Place and how to help, click here.

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