“They are not given any money from the state to help them, so this is why we do it. We want to make sure that these kids have a really good Christmas,” Harden said.
When you are not home for Christmas, the holidays can be really tough, especially for kids. One local organization is making sure kids in the foster care system will still be opening presents Christmas morning.
Foster Fairies is an organization ran by two Indy-area women that fulfills birthday wishes and other special needs of kids in the foster care system. But during the holidays, the two ramp up their efforts to help thousands of kids.
“This is my favorite time of the year and I’m usually just running on adrenaline,” founder Aleksandra Mrdak said.
“We want to make it as amazing as possible for them,” Gabrielle Harden, Foster Fairies Vice President, said.
Mrdak and Harden are like two Christmas elves, working nearly around the clock to make sure wishes are fulfilled.
“I’m blessed, my kids are blessed. I want to help the other kids in the city,” Harden said.
Foster Fairies, an Indy-based organization, takes over this east side warehouse each December. It’s is filled with basic essentials, toys, electronics, and other gifts all for children in the foster care system, specifically those staying with other family members in what’s call kin-ship placements.