Fifty-eight Delaware children from 21 families are receiving warm coats, art supplies, huggable teddy bears, dollhouses, Lego sets and other items on their wish lists because of a Navient philanthropy program.

Navient employees raised funds to support families served by Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. Social workers collected a list of needs from the families, and Navient employees volunteered to fulfill their wish lists.

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 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. In addition to gifts for the children, families receive gift certificates and grocery cards. This year’s program raised $22,000 for local families.

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