Traditionally, when thinking about the holidays, we think of family dinners, gift exchanges, decorations and laughter. However, not every holiday feels or looks the way we envision when we think about a “traditional” holiday. For the children and families we serve, tradition means something different to each of our unique families. Some may travel to other states to see relatives, while others may not have a place to call home. Some may gather around a hot meal, while others may not have had a hot meal in months. Gifts and decorations may be scarce and finding a safe place to sleep may be a daily routine.
For children who live in out of home placements, the holidays can be especially hard. Some may not have the luxury of going “home” and some do not have relatives to spend the holidays with. However, while our Residential Treatment Center isn’t their “home”, our staff do our very best to ensure that the holidays are a special time for the children by providing them with a caring environment, a warm and tasty meal, and a safe place to sleep.
There are many holidays that are celebrated at our RTC. This past October we hosted our 3rd Annual Halloween Festival, held October 31st, which included scary decorations and a Halloween carnival. Afterwards, our children got to enjoy a Halloween Party and more sweet treats that night! The second holiday we will be hosting is a Thanksgiving Dinner, inspired by the things we are thankful for. In addition to your traditional turkey, macaroni and cheese and stuffing dinner, we add a special twist to meet some of our other traditions including Indian Fry Bread and tamales. To finish the 2014 year, we will be handing out winter-celebration gifts donated to our RTC from various community organizations.
All of our gifts come from members of our communities both in Maricopa and Pima counties. We are both honored and thankful to be able to work with such amazing and generous community members. If you are interested in finding out how you can help Devereux Arizona's Kids, contact us.