It's a Very MERRY Teen Foster Christmas - Post #1

Alright folks here's the post you all have been waiting for...details regarding our Foster Teen Christmas. I thought I'd start with a letter from Tammy Champo, (who really is a champ-o! She's does incredible things for these kids) volunteer and donation coordinator for SL Youth Services.

(*Notice that ALL donations are tax deductible)

September 29, 2009

Dear Kristin Hodson and Supporters:
Thank you for your interest in serving the youth at the Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services. For more than 30 years we have been aiding youth and their families in the greater Salt Lake area. We have grown from our humble beginnings of a few counseling offices and a small home for emergency shelter to now serving nearly 10,000 youth and their families each year. Though we have grown, our overall goal is still the same, to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth and families.

As the holiday season approaches and the spirit of giving is in the air, we value the generosity of community members like you in order to provide those in need with a special gift. Holiday donations are especially appreciated for the youth staying in our teenage group homes between the ages of 11 and 18. Many of the youth are in state custody because of abuse and neglect and are waiting for a more permanent placement, either in foster care or with family members. Many of these youth have been in and out of foster homes for many years and Youth Services becomes a safety net in between those placements. Special gifts ease the homesick and heartache the youth feel being away from their families during a time when most are with their loved ones. We appreciate any and all contributions because it helps the youth feel valued and remembered.

All donations are tax-deductible and are received through our non-profit arm, ShelterKids Inc. More information is available on the web site at We also invite you to get involved through our one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities. Your time is a gift that keeps on giving and not only will it give you an opportunity to meet the youth but also to make a lifelong impact
as a mentor to a youth in need. You can also stay connected to our current needs and activities on our Facebook Page and our Twitter Account. Find the links on our web site at

Thank you again for your time and generosity. Feel free to contact me with
any questions or interests.

Warmest Regards,
Tammy Champo
Youth Services Volunteer and Donation Coordinator