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Bucks for Kids

Michael*, age 7, is in foster care and has been hospitalized for mental health issues. When school was out in June, he wanted to attend a therapeutic summer camp that would give him structure, friends, and fun.

Alexandra*, age 9, is in foster care because of her mother’s addiction. She plays trombone in her school’s band and feels the music is healing. Alexandra’s teacher feels the girl could benefit from private music lessons.

These children – and many more like them in Bucks County – have had a tough start in life. Sadly, they have suffered abuse or neglect by their parents.

But they are now safe, living with licensed Bucks County Children & Youth (BCCYA) foster parents.

Other at-risk children in Bucks County remain in their homes, but are closely supervised by BCCYA. BCCYA fully covers the children’s basic needs – shelter, food, medical care, counseling, supervised visits with birth parents.

However, these vulnerable children and youth need more to heal from their experiences. Like your kids, they need “enrichment activities”: music lessons, sports, class trips, tutoring, and summer camps to enhance their cognitive, emotional and physical health.

And so, Bucks for Kids (a 501(c)3 organization), makes those wishes come true, thanks to all of the support from individuals, organizations and businesses.

Last year, Bucks for Kids helped hundreds of BCCYA kids play musical instruments, participate in sports, get academic tutoring, enjoy class trips, attend summer camp, buy clothing or start their freshman year in college.

Since 1991, Bucks for Kids has been providing financial assistance to children and youth who are under the supervision of Bucks County Children & Youth. They work closely with staff to ensure that the kids’ extra needs are met. Their entire staff consists of volunteers.

If you would like to get involved visit their website at www.bucksforkids.org, or call 215-340-5039. All contributions are tax-deductible.

*Not their real names

PHOTO CAP: Bucks County Commissioners award Proclamation to “Bucks for Kids” for its 25 years of service to youth in Bucks County. From left, Elizabeth Moriarty, Bucks for Kids; Commissioner Charles H. Martin; Nancy Larkin Taylor, Esq., Buck for Kids; Rebecca S. Van Dine, Bucks for Kids; Stacy Leffler, Bucks Co. Children & Youth; William Windering, Bucks for Kids scholarship recipient; Commissioners Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Robert G. Loughery.