Westchester County Social Services Motivation Gifts aims to make older kids, teens not feel left out – CBS New York

WHITE PLAINS, NY (CBSNewYork) – During the holiday season, it’s some people’s job to make sure every kid has a present to open.

Finding toys for children is easy, but older children and teens can feel left out. Officials in Westchester County making sure that doesn’t happen.

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The most common toy drive gift is a stuffed animal for children up to 7 years old, but the Westchester Department of Social Services gift drive is for children up to 18 years of age.

“We see people in the worst times of their lives. I want you to one day get something out of the county and social services and it’s not too negative,” said Barbara Sabater, with Westchester County Social Services.

Sabater started the show 16 years ago. She is helping 400 children in foster care and 400 other children in homeless shelters. The greatest need is in the teenage years.

Sabater told CBS2’s Steve Overmyer: “It’s just one day you get something, no matter how unrealistic it is, no matter how silly it is, it’s not a real thing because your family can’t afford it. anything else”.

Buying for teenagers can be intimidating, but be aware of how they interact with the world. For less than $50 you can get a Bluetooth headset or even some Bluetooth headphones. Every teen needs a pocket charger, but they also love to share their music using a portable speaker.

Holidays can be special for children of all ages.

“We can all remember that one Christmas morning where we received that gift. My doll is that ballerina,” said Sabater.

“I have the Millennium Falcon,” Overmyer said.

“Here you are!” Sabater said.

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“Best year ever,” Overmyer said.

For under $50 you can find something practical, like a mug to keep their drinks cool or a jewelry box or a video streaming device. Maybe you’ll find something cool like a mini drone or a mini basketball hoop or even a jellyfish lamp.

Sabater says: “When you give something, I’ve seen kids like, ‘ooh, I got it!’.

The gift is not about material things. It’s about positive emotions and the joy that spreads even when it’s anonymous.

If you would like to make a donation, a collection box will be located on the first floor of the Westchester County Office Building at 148 Martine Avenue. Other collection locations include the DSS County Office located at:

Central Office
112 East Post Road, White Plains

Mount Vernon County Office
100 East First Street, Mount Vernon

Peekskill District Office
750 Washington Street, Peekskill

White Plains County Office
85 Court Street, White Plains

Yonkers . District Office
131 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers

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https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/11/24/westchester-county-social-services-gift-drive-for-teens/ Westchester County Social Services Motivation Gifts aims to make older kids, teens not feel left out – CBS New York

Aila Slisco

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