Year-round project collected toys for 400 kids
Helping girls between the age of 8-17 is the Ragdoll Restoration Foundation’s sole purpose and mission, but this Christmas season, the organization will be assisting both girls and boys.
Terri Cadiente, the president and founder of the Ragdoll Restoration, said that although the foundation was able to give gifts to 50 children last Christmas, those numbers are no match for this year’s turnout. “This year was big for us, we were able to deliver gifts to 134 kids here in Santa Clarita, and over 300 kids in both Lancaster and Palmdale.”
After receiving donations from numerous Santa Clarita businesses and individuals, the foundation was able to distribute them to 400 kids both here and in Lancaster and Palmdale.
Among the gifts were, outfits from Margo’s Fashion and Bohemian Rockstar, dental kits from Canyon Country Dental Group, purses bought and donated by McDonalds, and toy donations from the Santa Clarita Jaycees.
Margo’s Fashion in Newhall took in several girls from the Foundation and dressed them in today’s latest style. “Margo is absolutely amazing. She didn’t just hand them a t-shirt and jeans, they were dressed in blazers, blouses, skirts; everything was beautiful.”
“I’m just so overwhelmed with the incredible generosity of the Santa Clarita Valley,” says Cadiente.
The Canyon Country Dental Group donated 200 dental kits, with two styles designed for both younger kids and teens. Cadiente said she was very impressed with the kits. “The younger girls had little toothbrushes, floss, tasty toothpaste, encased in a cute little fushia box. And for the older girls, they had a bigger toothbrush with a minty paste, and floss in a clear case. They were so great.”
Cadiente also commented on the quality of the donations. “McDonalds donated 200 Hello Kitty purses. These weren’t knock-off brands, it was the real thing. The girls will love them.”
Almost all the gifts have been delivered, with only four more to go. “I’m delivering the last batch this week, and then we’ll be all done for this year,” says Cadiente.
The Ragdoll Restoration Foundation is a non-profit organization which helps girls ages 8-17 with an incarcerated parent. The foundation stresses the importance of realizing that your past does not indicate your future, and the power of choice. The foundation hosts a monthly session for the girls, featuring discussion forums, peer mentoring, and a chance to express themselves.