We Are The Children is an organization founded in 1985 by Gary Craig, morning radio personality of 96.5 WTIC-FM in Hartford, Connecticut. Gary Craig, along with a tremendous support committee including various corporations is committed to raising funds for abandoned, battered, disadvantaged, and needy children. To date, We Are The Children is a 100% volunteer organization with all goods and services donated by members of the local communities.
The organization has gained popularity and recognition through Christmas parties that have been held on Christmas day since 1985. The concept is to provide a holiday celebration for any needy child who has no place to spend the holiday. We Are The Children became a registered non-profit organization with 501 (c) 3 status as a result of the success of the first Christmas party, conceived just eight days prior to Christmas, 1985. The first party was attended by 350 children and their chaperones; $300,000 in goods and services were raised to provide a day for the children – a day that would otherwise have been only a dream.
We Are The Children has been supported by hundreds of corporations in Southern New England throughout the years. Countless numbers of private citizens, schools and community organizations have also given their time to We Are The Children. Since being incorporated in 1987, the We Are The Children organization has directly contributed to children needing transplants, short-term funding for women’s and children’s agencies, equipment for women’s shelters, various events for children and support for many other organizations and immediate crisis situations throughout Southern New England.
We Are The Children continues to support children and their families bringing the spirit of the holidays to Connecticut’s kids, one child at a time.