Joplin launches 7th annual Christmas of Hope

JOPLIN, Mo. -The Christmas of Hope campaign, organized by the Joplin Franklin Technology Center today kicked off its 7th annual Christmas of Hope campaign.

The program raises funds and collects toys to give to children who will be in foster care this holiday season.

Organizers of the event say there are currently about 600 foster kids in the area, many of whom find themselves in new and challenging situations around the holidays.

Students and staff at the schools have hosted Christmas of Hope for the past several years as a way to show these kids that they’re not alone and that Christmas can still be a time of joy.

Students at Joplin High School and the FTC First will accept donations through Friday, November 18.

Joplin Schools employee Cassandra Mueller says “For many people, the holidays are the best time of the year. Unfortunately for kids in foster care, it’s often the most difficult. Christmas of Hope is such a blessing to them. Getting small gifts or having one of their favorite items replaced after they’ve been removed from their own home and family might help them feel more ‘at home’ when they have to be away from home.”

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