Navient ‘Think of a Child’ Program Helps Delaware-Area Children

Employees of the ACA International member company raised money to buy toys, art supplies and coats through the annual program started in 2009.

1/11/2018 11:42 AM

Navient ‘Think of a Child’ Program Helps Delaware-Area Children

Fifty-eight Delaware children from 21 families received warm coats, art supplies, teddy bears, doll houses, Lego sets and many other items on their wish lists in December, thanks to a philanthropy program developed by ACA International member company Navient.

Navient employees raised funds throughout 2017 to support a joyful holiday season for many of the neediest families served by Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, according to a news release.

Navient’s “Think of a Child” program started in 2009 when employee Judi Beamer witnessed the joy of helping an area family and passed on the idea to her new coworkers at Navient.

In its eight years, the program has grown to include fundraisers such as silent auctions and the company’s Jeans BeCause program, which gives participating employees a “pass” to dress casually for the month in exchange for volunteer donations. Another popular fundraiser was the dunk tank at this year’s company picnic. The year-long effort culminates in a gift presentation to parents and caregivers identified by state social workers as needing support.

This year’s program raised $22,000 for local families.

Pictured above: Navient employees donated gifts to local children through the Delaware Department of Services during the holiday season. 

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