Las Vegas, Nevada 2020-12-20 02:18:06 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — “St. Jude’s Ranch for Children” brings together siblings from different foster parents through the annual “Gift of Giving”.
After several months of pandemic separation, families of different foster parents were able to meet on Saturday. For some, this may be the only time to meet each other during the holidays.
Dozens of foster children were able to shop for Christmas and, in turn, chose some special gifts for their brothers. The gift exchange took place through the St. Jews Ranch for Children Brothers Protection Program. This helps foster care siblings spend time together and build bonds.
Christina Vela is the CEO of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and helped organize the gift exchange.
“Families are very important and holidays can be a really difficult time for people, but it’s very important to get them together in the creative way we can,” Vera said.
According to Vera, the pandemic made it difficult for some brothers to see each other, and although they made virtual visits, it is important to make direct memories.
“It was really hard for them when they couldn’t get the chance to visit their brothers,” Vera said.
After choosing a gift, each brother got some help in wrapping their gift before a big exposure.
“For brothers and sisters, they are children, yes, they are children,” Vera said. “We deserve the opportunity to make those positive memories, so we are really grateful to do that.”