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Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year again and we are all geared up for our foster child Christmas sponsorships!  This year we are also including some children who are at risk of coming into foster care as these families need assistance as well.  We will also help sponsor senior citizens & disabled members of our community who are under the care of Orange Co. DSS.

Some of you have already been in touch-thank you very much!  We have some wish lists in hand and will be receiving final lists over the next 2 weeks.  Looks like we will have approximately 150-200 children needing sponsors.  We anticipate that this number will increase as the holidays near. The generosity of wonderful people like you continues to be an inspiration and heartwarming affirmation that we live in a community of kind and caring folks.  Thank you.  If you have a preference of age/sex of the child/children you wish to sponsor please include that information in your reply email.

Many of you may have  received a letter directly from DSS about the Christmas program.  This is their form letter that is sent to all previous sponsors.  You may still contact us for sponsorship to ease the burden on DSS staff.  If you have already called or touched base about sponsorship for this year, please reply to this email so we can make sure no one’s request is overlooked.

We hope you’ll join us this year in making Christmas a day when dreams come true for foster children.  You may either sponsor a child (or children), make a financial contribution or purchase toys for use at the Orange County Toy Chest.  Information on sponsorship of foster children is attached.  Please read the attached information for details of sponsorship.

If you wish to purchase toys for the Orange Co. Toy Chest rather than sponsor a child please contact Rebekah Rapoza, DSS @ 919-245-2869 or

If you do not wish to sponsor a child but wish to make a monetary contribution, please make the check out to:

FRIENDS of OCDSS/Christmas and mail to Balloons & Tunes at the address below.

FRIENDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your contributions are tax deductible.

If you have friends, neighbors or family you think may be interested in participating in this program, please feel free to pass along this email and/or have them contact us.

Thanks so much for your support.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!


Best regards,

Sharon Collins & Pat Garavaglia

Balloons & Tunes

208 W. Main St.

Carrboro  NC  27510


919-933-4444 fax