For 25 years, CSA and radio station 1590 AM KVTA Local News Talk, have collaborated to collect toys and raise funds for the more than 1,000 foster children and youth in Ventura County, as well as growing numbers of additional low-income children and their families. Last year’s partnership helped generated 34,000 toys and the KVTA radio drive contributed an astonishing $40,378.05 to CSA’s funding of laptops, scholarships, camps, and graduation incentives for foster youth. The charitable collaboration is expected to serve 1,000 foster kids and 2,500 children from low-income families during the month of December.
This year, Foster VC Kids is joining the historic radio drive to raise awareness and secure additional, needed homes with heart for local foster youth in need. We are seeking quality caregivers in West Ventura County, specifically Oxnard and Ventura, who can help children remain in their schools of origin and who have space for two or more children so brothers and sisters can stay together for the holidays.
Every child deserves a family, and this holiday season Foster VC Kids hopes that by joining 1590 AM KVTA Local News Talk Radio and Children’s Services Auxiliary (CSA) for their “Holidays with Heart” drive, Dec. 1st – Dec. 23rd, more dedicated families who are ready for the life-changing experience of opening their home to a local foster child or youth will come forward.
“I can’t tell you how grateful I am, as a foster parent, to be involved with Foster VC Kids,” said Leeann Mesa, current foster parent and Children’s Services Auxiliary Treasurer. “We receive guidance through peer partner education, moral support programs, and extensive training so we know how to help our foster children. But there are also so many organizations that are willing to give to the kids. As part of CSA, I get to experience first-hand the impact that the items from this drive have on local foster youth and it’s just amazing.”
Tune into KVTA Local News Talk Radio through December 23rd.
KVTA News AM 1590 will be broadcasting LIVE at DCH Lexus of Oxnard on Thursday 12/8/2016 from 5AM to 9 AM. The Dollar Drive is to benefit the Foster Kids Of Ventura County. It’s your first chance to get the 2016 Christmas CD from The KVTA Morning Show and breakfast from The Copa Cuban with Andres from The Ventura Harbor. Click here for more information.
You can make a difference in the life of a child or transitioning youth. The tax deductible gift you give today will help to ensure a child’s future tomorrow. Participation in these types of activities is critical to becoming well-adjusted and productive members of society; helping the kids build self esteem and a sense of belonging. The Children Services Auxiliary board and members feel that every child that we help increases the productivity of the community and reduces the amount of assistance needed for the future years.
Listen to KVTA’s Spence interview with members of Children’s Services Auxiliary and Foster VC Kids, a foster parent and a former foster youth: