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Become a Youth Villages Holiday Hero

The holiday season is upon us, and many children in foster care or residential treatment programs are faced with the realization that they will not be “home for the holidays.” It can be a very difficult time of year for children who are away from their families, so Youth Villages began the Holiday Heroes program more than 20 years ago with the goal to make the holidays a little brighter for children in their care and with foster families.

Youth Villages is seeking Holiday Heroes who are willing to help one (or a few) of the more than 1,400 children who are receiving care in Tennessee, including those being served right here in Memphis. A Holiday Hero helps fulfill the holiday wish list for a child who has experienced trauma or has a history of emotional or behavioral health issues.

To become a Holiday Hero, individuals, families or groups may request a child’s wish list by visiting Holiday Heroes have the option to donate money or shop to fulfill youth holiday wishes. A $100 donation will cover a child’s complete holiday wish list. If you cannot commit to $100, Youth Villages will accept any donation amount.

Sign up today to be a Holiday Hero and help fill a child’s holiday with joy.

About Youth Villages

Youth Villages is one of the largest providers of services to children in Tennessee and a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health. This year, the organization will help more than 27,000 children, families and young people in 16 states. Youth Villages’ continuum of programs in Tennessee includes intensive in-home services; foster care and adoption; residential and intensive residential treatment campuses; YVLifeSet for transition-age youth; mentoring; and crisis services. The organization has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. Learn more at

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