Be an Angel for a child in foster care

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Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) is partnering with CenterState Bank and Watson Realty to collect holiday gifts for older children in foster care, ages 10 and older. The “Be an Angel” holiday gift drive enables individuals and groups to donate gifts selected from local foster children’s wish lists.

Several convenient locations are available for selecting a child’s angel ornament and wish list, and for dropping off donated gifts.

■ CenterState Banks: 1234 Kings St. in Riverside, 2922 Corinthian Ave. in Ortega, and 7077 Bonneval Road in Southpoint.

■ Watson Realty offices: 11226 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin, 1566-1 Dunn Ave. on the Northside, 13001 Atlantic Blvd. near the Intracoastal, and 615 Florida A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach.

■ Family Support Services, 1300 Riverplace Blvd. in San Marco.

Angel ornaments include a local foster child’s name, age, gender and holiday wish list.

Or, visit beanangeljax.org to select a child and make a donation online. Addresses and hours for all angel locations are available on the website.

The Be an Angel program provides holiday gifts for kids who typically don’t receive gifts through community donations, including deserving young adults who are transitioning from foster care into adulthood. They are making their way on their own, most with no family, and are either in school or working.

To ensure foster youth receive gifts in time for the holidays, donations should be dropped off at participating locations by Friday, Dec. 4. Donations should be unwrapped and labeled with the child’s name and ID number found on the angel ornament.

For more information about Be an Angel, or to receive a child’s name and wish list, contact FSS at angels@fssnf.org or (904) 265-8095.

FSS is the lead agency for adoption and foster care in Duval and Nassau counties.

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