Make A Difference

Do Great Things

Project Christmas is an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact on your community! Project Christmas is an event that the Department of Human and Child Services (DHS/CPS) participates in each year to give amazing foster children a Christmas that they will not forget. We gather money by baking and with other various projects so we are able to get foster children some of the things they would like for Christmas. We shop and deliver the gifts to the children and their families. Seeing their smiling faces and appreciation is truly one of the most beautiful things that I have witnessed. These amazing kids do not ask for typical presents, they ask for gifts that they can give to their family members... Some ask for shampoo, soap, and even blankets. But something I have noticed while avidly volunteering with DHS/CPS is that the kids do very much enjoy the gifts, but what means the most to them is the fact that someone took the time to value their existence. These children placed in foster care are intelligent, unique individuals that are given a second chance at life by being placed with a new family. As you can imagine, that can be an extremely difficult adjustment for children, but these kids are some of the toughest, most kind-hearted people you will ever meet. This experience will change your life, I know it did mine. I strongly encourage you to contact me if helping out this year interests you. This is an extremely humbling experience. We could definitely use the help and it is a good time! As Director of Project Christmas for Cassopolis and St. Joseph county this year, I would gladly write anyone who volunteers a letter of recommendation for college or sign any community service forms. Volunteering for Project Christmas looks really good on college applications and it is never to late too start planning. Thank you for your time and for reading, I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely yours,

Emily Joy Turner

Emily Joy Turner

Hello, thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me! I am a Junior at Edwardsburg High School, in Edwardsburg, Michigan. I am going to be graduating with the class of 2017 and going into the field of Medicine. I am going to be an Otolaryngologist, more commonly known as an ENT doctor. I will be taking summer classes at Brown University for future Pre-Med students. My volunteering experiences helped make that possible. Volunteering is a passion of mine, especially for DHS/CPS. When I was younger, I was in foster care for a short amount of time, as was my little brother. My experiences have inspired me to become the woman I am today and still continue to do so. I am extremely blessed with amazing people in my life that push me towards a better me each day. If you are or have ever been one of those people, I cannot thank you enough! I am so grateful to be able to be a part of Project Christmas, so that I can inspire and be a role model for children that are looking for love and direction. Project Christmas has humbled me so deeply and given me a new appreciation for my life! You can never go wrong helping others. Be sure to let your inner beauty radiate from within. :)