At no stage in one's life do we need more help than when we are children. The older you get, the more you learn and to some extent the easier you will find dealing with everyday situations - even adversarial ones. When we are at an early age it is therefore necessary to rely on others to a large extent. As we get towards the elderly years it again becomes necessary to rely on a measure of help, but if we retain our mental faculties we will at least be in a position to know what we need help with and when we can go it alone. As a child, every new situation is scary to an extent, and we need the help of experienced adults.
Children's charities are among the most necessary of all for this reason. Although the first line of defence in any situation of adversity for a child will, in most cases, be their parents, there are cases where this is not possible or their parents are ill-equipped to cope with the situation. Whether the child is an orphan or they have lost one parent, or their parents are unemployed, homeless or otherwise restricted, it is essential to have a support group in place so that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are in a position to cope with the slings and arrows of life. Some children's charities take a global focus, dealing with the disadvantages faced by children in war-torn or famine-beset countries. Some take a nationwide approach instead, looking at how a government can be prevailed upon to deliver the needs of children.
Then there are more local and regional charities which pick up the slack which is left by a combination of - in some cases - too wide a focus and in others of a truly unfortunate situation at local level. Charity for Children focuses on the Central New York area where there is no small amount of need for a charity to help with the delivery of financial and educational support to families in need in places like Onondaga, Madison, Oswego and Cayuga counties, helping children suffering from disabilities among other disadvantages. The charity was formed in 2004 by members of the local community who identified that disadvantaged children in the area were being missed by other charitable agencies.
Charity for Children has founded a campaign known as the First Duds Program. Launched in November 2005, the First Duds program provides a brand new set of infant clothing to any needy family in the local community, to be distributed by social workers and local nurses at clinics and hospitals. As well as the very clear material benefits of doing this, it also has a real symbolism to it, allowing the children to get off to a better start in life by providing them with their first clothes all to themselves. A first set of infant clothing costs just $25, but for some this is more money than they can spare, and to give a child a start in life, it is just a drop in the ocean for those who can afford it.