Gifts Galore for Guardian Ad Litem
Shorecrest Preparatory School Annual Holiday Gift Drive
Benefitting Guardian Ad Litem
Friday, December 12, 2014
at 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street NE, St. Petersburg
Photo Op: Students of all ages (3-18) carrying gifts into a gymnasium filled to the brim with bicycles, clothing, toys.
The Guardian ad Litem program of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will be collecting gifts donated by Shorecrest Preparatory School students and families on Friday, December 12. The entire gymnasium will be packed with hundreds of presents, including bicycles, toys, and clothing.
According to Suzy Olson, Shorecrest parent and co-chair of this year’s Gift Drive, “Every year, I am amazed by the generosity and support from the entire Shorecrest family that help make the Gift Drive a huge success. It is a privilege for our family to be part of this event and help others in need during the holiday season. On the morning of the final day of the gift drive, the Crisp Gym will be overflowing with gifts for the Guardian ad Litem children and our hearts will be overflowing as well.”
The gifts will be distributed by Guardian ad Litem volunteer child advocates to children who have been removed from their homes by no fault of their own with nearly 200 children receiving holiday presents. The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay provides advocacy and support for abused, abandoned or neglected children in the Guardian ad Litem Program of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. “For many, the holidays are about family and celebrations. But for our children, this is an especially lonely time of year where children miss their parents and siblings most. We hope by providing gifts their holidays are just a little brighter,” said Amy Foster, Executive Director of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay.
There are almost 3,000 children placed in foster care in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Guardian ad Litem volunteer child advocates provide advocacy for over 2,860 children to help them navigate the tumultuous legal system.
Shorecrest has a longstanding relationship with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation. For almost 20 years, the Gift Drive has been the school’s signature service event with participation from Shorecrest families at every grade level. Upper School students recently formed a Guardian ad Litem youth program with more than 40 high school students volunteering on behalf of the children year-round. 12 Shorecrest parents volunteer as Guardian ad Litem advocates.
8:00 – 10:00 am: Students from each grade (preK (age3) – grade 12) bring gifts to the gymnasium and put them in the appropriate family spots.
10:00 am -12:30 pm: Representatives from Guardian ad Litem collect the gifts for distribution.
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest Preparatory School is a PK(3) through 12th grade independent school located in Tampa Bay. By offering its families choice, support, and balance, Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead purposeful lives. Learn more at www.shorecrest.org.