Focus on a Foster Teen

The holidays can be a difficult time for youth in foster care. The annual Focus on a Foster Teen drive is working to ensure they feel special and know that someone cares about them by matching members of the South Texas community with a Christmas wishlist for a teen in foster care that will not otherwise receive holiday gifts.

Starting Tuesday, November 10, 2020 members of the community will be able to select the teen they want to sponsor from this website. Set a calendar reminder here so you don’t forget, or sign up to be one of the first people that are notified when the wish lists are ready!

When sponsoring a teen this holiday season, our hope is that each sponsor would collect all of the items on the wish list, and we ask that all of the items be brand new. Gifts should be dropped off to Foster Angels unwrapped between December 6-10.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I cannot sponsor an entire wish list?
Our hope is that once you select a teen you become responsible for their entire wish list. If you aren’t able to get everything on their wish list, one idea is to include friends, family, neighbors to help break up the wishlist among your community. If you have concerns or questions with your wish list please contact us as soon as you can.
If I have an item on the child's wish list that is gently used, can I donate that?
Foster Angels only distributes brand new items to children in foster care and unfortunately, we don’t accept gently used items unless it is certified refurbished technology.
Why can't I wrap the gifts before I drop them off?
As a partner with Child Protective Services, we have to check each gift to ensure it is the item put on the list. However, you are more than welcome to sign up for an open volunteer gift wrapping shift to wrap your gifts.
I don't want to do the shopping, can I just make a cash donation towards a wish list?
Absolutely! Donations made towards Focus on a Foster Teen allow Foster Angels to purchase bigger ticket items and “extras” to sprinkle among the gifts like extra gift cards, jewelry pieces and other things that enhance the holiday experience. You can make a general donation towards Focus on a Foster Teen, or when you sponsor a specific teen, click the donation button and give the estimated dollar amount for their wishlist, and enter the teen’s name during the checkout process.
Can I donate a few small gifts?
Yes, we love stocking stuffers! The best small gifts for these teens are going to be popular snacks, gift cards to fast-food restaurants, holiday socks, etc.
Can I get a tax receipt for my donations?
Yes, please fill out our in-kind donation form, and we will send you a formal thank you letter that will also serve as a tax receipt.