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For the Week of December 16-20, Tyler's Tap Room is hosting a toy drive with White Street Brewing for the Friends of Wake County Guardian Ad Litem Program.

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Friends of Wake Guardian Ad Litem is an organization of volunteer advocates who help fosters kid succeed. Their mission "is to enhance the lives of at-risk children and their caregivers through programs which promote their physical, educational, and emotional well-being, and to provide support for the Wake County GAL program. "

To show support for the work they are doing, all week long if you bring in a toy or an early reading book to Tyler's Tap Room in Apex (NC) at 1483 Beaver Creek Commons or Raleigh location at 18 Seaboard Ave with a value of $5, you will receive a pint of White Street's Gingerbread Stout in return.

This is just one of the many businesses who are helping provide holiday magic for 1.000 abused and needy children in Wake County. Unlike other programs, the Friends work directly with the Social Workers and Guardians ad Litem to find out what a child wants most for the holidays. Often it's a warm coat or school supplies the child desires most. The child then becomes a part of the Friends' Guardian Angel Holiday Project and sponsors are paired with a child.

The Holiday Collection organized by Tyler's Tap Room and White Street Brewing is to help the children who through no fault of their own are coming into care at this time of year. The stuffed animals and books will go to the Wake County Guardian ad Litem office to be given to a child who either is first coming into care or is a part of hearing and needs to wait in a courtroom with his/her Guardian ad Litem.

The toys will be given to children who are in the most urgent of situations this holiday.

Donations are also needed. Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem program is a 100% all volunteer effort. Please mail checks made to “Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program” to P.O. Box 4941, Cary, NC 27519.

In addition to holiday gifts, the Friends of Wake GAL Program also offer special one-time grants for families who are in desperate situations.

As the colder weather approaches, more special need grants will come our way with requests to keep the heat on at a home with young children or perhaps a bed for a child who is sleeping on the floor, said Friends of Wake GAL Board Members.

For donations over $100, the Friends will also send a FREE digital copy of the 2013 "A Collection of Essays" by Wake County Guardians ad Litem. This special edition was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GAL program in Wake County and as part of April's Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate Month in North Carolina as recognized by Governor Pat McCrory who described GAL advocates as the "eyes and ears of the court in the child's life. Hard copies of the book were given to GAL volunteers as an appreciation event on April 23.

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