It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year—for Kids in Bryan County

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Bryan County Family Connection this month combined its love for the holiday season with its dedication to improving the stability and self-sufficiency of families in Bryan County by coordinating programs and services. The Collaborative built a float for the two Christmas parades in Bryan County—hosted by Richmond Hill and Pembroke cities to highlight the Bryan County Children’s Fund Christmas Angel Empty Stocking Program.

“Our Collaborative is dedicated to improving the stability and self-sufficiency of families in Bryan County by coordinating programs and services,” said Bryan County Family Connection Director Wendy Sims Futch. “One of our biggest events each year is our stocking program. With help from the Bryan County community and Collaborative partners, we assist more than 600 local children in need with Christmas gifts—new clothes, jackets, pajamas, underwear, shoes, socks and, of course, toys and wish list items.”

The Collaborative is dedicated to making the holidays brighter for vulnerable families in Bryan County. The program, administered by Bryan County Family Connection, consists of Collaborative volunteers who work to ensure that every child in Bryan County has gifts to open on Christmas morning.

Those Collaborative partners and volunteers also came together to plan out, build and paint the giant toy box float, while Collaborative board members, partners, families, children, and youth—most from the Richmond Hill Teen Center—filled it by dressing as classic toys.

“Our float won the Judges’ Choice Award in the Richmond Hill Parade,” said Futch. “It was exciting for our Collaborative to win, because one of our programs that serves family and children was recognized in the parade. The response has been amazing—donations for our program have poured in.”

The Collaborative is busy sorting and bagging Christmas gifts for the children and families. Distribution day is Monday, December 20. To find out more, contact Futch at

Bill Valladares
GaFCP Communications Director

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