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Making Wishes Come True: Franklin County Children Services’ Holiday Wish Program

The holiday season is a time of joy and giving, and here in Columbus, the Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) is making sure that every child experiences the magic of the season through its heartwarming Holiday Wish program.

How It Works:

The Holiday Wish program at FCCS is designed to bring smiles to the faces of children in need. The process is simple yet impactful. Children, who may be facing difficult circumstances, share their holiday wishes with the FCCS team. These wishes can range from essentials like warm winter clothing to special requests for toys or books.

Once the wishes are collected, the FCCS creates a list that is made available to individuals and organizations willing to play the role of holiday elves. Donors then select a wish or wishes they would like to fulfill, turning these dreams into reality for the children.

How You Can Help:

Bringing holiday cheer to these children is a community effort, and you can be a part of it. Here are several ways you can get involved:

Adopt a Wish:
Visit the FCCS website or contact their offices to access the wish list. Choose a child’s wish or multiple wishes that resonate with you, and commit to making their holiday season brighter.

Monetary Donations:
If you’re short on time or prefer a different way to contribute, consider making a monetary donation. These funds are used to purchase gifts for wishes that may not have been fulfilled.

Spread the Word:
Share information about the Holiday Wish program on your social media channels, at work, or within your community. The more people who know about the program, the more wishes can be granted.

Gifts and Donations Needed:
The Holiday Wish program welcomes a variety of gifts and donations to cater to the diverse needs and wishes of the children. Common items include:

  • Toys and Games: Age-appropriate toys and games that bring joy and entertainment.
  • Clothing and Accessories: Warm winter clothing, hats, gloves, and scarves to keep the children cozy during the cold season.
  • Books: Foster a love for reading by providing books suitable for different age groups.
  • holiday wish volunteer
    Holiday Wish volunteers. Photo via Facebook.

    Important Dates:

    Make sure to check the FCCS website for important dates related to the Holiday Wish program, including the deadline for adopting wishes and the drop-off dates for donations.

    Holiday Wish is open for donations through Monday, December 18. Holiday Wish Hours:

  • Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6th: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays, December 2 & 9: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sundays, December 3 & 10th: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Holiday Wish program at Franklin County Children Services is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children in need during the holiday season. By participating in this program, you become an essential part of creating magical moments and fostering a sense of community spirit. Let’s come together to make this holiday season unforgettable for every child in Columbus.

    Franklin County Children Services is located at 855 West Mound Street. For more info, visit

    Featured image via Facebook.