The children met for a snack at SEVEN Steakhouse restaurant (700 Hennepin Ave.) to kick off the event. While at SEVEN Steakhouse, the children were told of the surprise holiday shopping spree at the Minneapolis downtown Target store. Wolves players Sebastian Telfair and Anthony Tolliver were in attendance for the shopping event.
"On any given day there are about 350 Minnesota children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive parents," said Lorenzo Davis, Outreach Specialist for MN Adopt, a program funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services that provides statewide adoption services. "Thanks to the Minnesota Timberwolves and this fantastic event, we're able to highlight the need for adoptive families and continue our mission to reduce the number of waiting children to zero. These children, through no fault of their own, may not have holiday celebrations to go home to this year, and we're proud to partner with the Wolves to make a difference in these young children's lives."
Over the five previous years, the Timberwolves have surprised a total of 93 children in foster care waiting for adoptive families with a holiday shopping spree. This annual event has assisted county agencies and their partners finalize the adoptions of 32 of those children; but more families are needed to come forward.
"Holiday Shopping for Kids" is the signature event of the FastBreak Foundation's Season of Giving Month, presented by World Vision.
"World Vision Twin Cities is extremely proud to partner with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the month of December. Together, we are building a better world for children and families who are caught in the cycle of poverty in the Twin Cities," said Chris Brooks, World Vision - Twin Cities, Executive Director.