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Story Headline: Child Watch Accepting Stocking Stuffer Donations
Author: Bill Hughes

A local advocacy group is asking for the public's help in providing Christmas for children they serve. 

Child Watch Counseling and Advocacy Center and CASA of West Kentucky are stuffing stockings for more than 100 kids who been removed from homes due to abuse or neglect across the area. 

Since they have already experienced a tough time, Stephanie Moss with Child Watch/CASA said, "When Christmas comes around we try to make sure that they each get a very special personalized Christmas gift. So, we have volunteers in the community and Ephemera Studio that helps us to make stockings - handmade - and embroider their names on them, and then we look to the community to help us to fill those stockings with toys for each child."

Child Watch serves children who are infants or teenagers or anywhere in between. Moss said those who wish to donate new items should try to provide them by December 7, but gifts given after that date will still be useful. 

"There is pretty much no toy that we wouldn't have a kid for," she said. "If you want an idea you can go to our Amazon wish list - we have some ideas on there - or on our Facebook page." (see suggestions listed below or click the links that are provided)

The stocking stuffers can be taken to three drop-off locations - at Child Watch, 1118 Jefferson Street; Mellow Mushroom, 3121 Broadway; Kentucky Oaks Mall, 5101 Hinkleville Road.

For those who don't want to shop in person, Child Watch has created a wish list at Amazon.com. Another way to help is to use Amazon Smile, and they will donate 1/2 percent of eligible purchases to Child Watch. 

Items needed and suggestions include:

Toys, such as Lego sets, dolls, bath toys, action figures, cars and trucks.

Games, like jacks or marbles, card games, mini sports balls, puzzles, or Rubik's cubes.

Make-up, such as non-perishable nail polish, lip gloss or lip balm (flavored is good), masks or scrub kits. 

Hygiene items like body washes, fun or fancy toothbrushes, facial cleansers, etc. 

Clothing items such as knit hats, scarves, fuzzy socks, gloves, or house slippers.

Baby items like rubber duckies, socks or shoes, blankets, teethers, and bottles. 

Other useful items such as art supplies, pen/pencil sets, phone accessories, lap blankets, or anything you can think of.

CASA volunteers check on kids regularly and make sure their immediate needs are being met. During court proceedings, CASA advocates speak on behalf of the children to make sure their desires are expressed.

Moss said since schools are virtual, other Christmas events, like school parties or activities, won't be taking place, so volunteers are trying to make sure the children have a great holiday. 

Published: Saturday, November 21, 2020 6:20 AM
Updated: Friday, November 20, 2020 11:10 PM
URL: http://www.westkentuckystar.com/News/Local-Regional/Western-Kentucky/Child-Watch-Accepting-Stocking-Stuffer-Donations.aspx