Each year, Faith West hosts several events for the Child Protective Services (CPS) organization in our area. Some events are geared toward providing the children in CPS care with fun activities in which they might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate. These activities have included water skiing, water park outings, and other fun indoor and outdoor activities. Other events introduce children in need of adoption to prospective parents. Faith West typically partner with local organizations, such as the Rotary Club, for some activities and is always looking for other organizations with which we can partner.
CPS Christmas Dinner
A favorite CPS event is the Christmas Dinner. During this evening of fun and fellowship, over 100 children, ranging in age from 4 to 17, experience a spectacular Christmas celebration. We serve dinner, listen to Christmas music, and wait for Santa Claus to arrive with his elves.
As the event nears, we ask the community for assistance. Since each child will receive a gift at the event, we ask them to provide Faith West with a list of three gifts that they would like for Christmas. Sponsor families will choose an item or items from the list and be responsible for purchasing, wrapping, and labeling the gift with the child’s name. Other areas where we ask for assistance are the following:
- Donations for food expenses
- Volunteer wait staff to serve dinner
- Setup and cleanup crews
- Volunteers to purchase a $30.00 present for your assigned child
- General expenses—(bus transportation for children)
- Drivers with a CDL licenses
Adoption Outing at the Hidden Lake
Each year, Faith West collaborates with the Child Protection Agency to host a adoption outing at The Hidden Lake. CPS will be bringing about 60 junior high and high school kids that will enjoy our lake activities (zip line, water trampoline, water slide, canoes, and swimming). We will also provide a great lunch, free T-shirt, face painting, and sand volleyball.
Many of these kids tend to have a “hard heart” and live with bitterness toward the world. Placing them in a “fun in the sun” setting allows potential adoptive parents to see a different side of the children and increases their chances for adoption. In addition to about 25 CPS staff and 75 Faith West volunteers, CPS will invite pre-approved potential adoptive parents to attend and interact with the kids. Last year we probably had about five kids adopted.