AIT-Chicago Co-workers Unite to Provide Holiday Gifts for Foster Kids

For the seventh year in a row, co-workers at AIT-Chicago gave back during the holiday season by sending gifts to foster children at a local SOS Children's Village.

As in years past, holiday "wish trees" were set up in the lobbies of the corporate offices and in the Perishables building. From a list of 61 foster kids at the Chicago SOS Children's Village, two tags per child were hung on the trees like ornaments.

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, co-workers were invited to visit the trees and "adopt" individual kids by selecting their tags. In all, more than 120 tags were claimed and by December 8, a treasure trove of gifts had been amassed from the generous workplace donors. The gifts were delivered to the Chicago SOS Children's Village well in advance of the holiday break for distribution to the recipients' respective homes.

Thanks to everyone from the AIT family (and extended family) who made thoughtful gift donations that helped brighten the holidays for the SOS kids.

About SOS Children's Villages:
More than 518,000 American children are in foster care. Three in four are separated from their siblings and most will live in six or more foster homes during their youth life.

To assist in building a stronger foundation for foster children, SOS Children's Villages provides a viable alternative to traditional foster care. Many children come to SOS with merely the clothes on their backs. They are taken out of their current homes by the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) without their toy trucks, baby dolls, school bags or beloved blankets. These children are often abused, neglected and/or at risk of abandonment.

Children who live in an SOS Children's Village stay with their biological brothers and sisters in a private home - a rarity in foster care. They receive parental guidance from a qualified and professional foster parent. Most often, it is a single parent nurturing the kids; however, it is not uncommon to find a SOS homes headed by married couples.

The SOS Children's Village is part of AIT Cares - an initiative celebrating co-worker efforts to give back to the communities where we live and work.

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