BOSTON — Collaborative Consulting, a company that specializes in optimizing its clients' business and technology capabilities, has partnered with the nation's oldest child and family services agency — The Home for Little Wanderers — to help make holiday wishes come true for at-risk children this holiday season. By donating staff time and services, Collaborative Consulting has created a new functionality for The Home's Big Wishes for Little Wanderers Gift Drive online "wish list" database that will allow donors to fulfill more than 3,600 wishes.

According to Christine Robertson, The Home's Graphic Design and Web Manager, "The Collaborative Consulting Team that has been working on this project has improved the capabilities of our system to make it user-friendly for staff and donors. Their work on the wish list website will not only benefit The Home's donors and program staff, but ultimately the children and families we serve."

The site's new functionalities also allow donors to easily choose between "Adopt a Family" and "Children's Wishlists" links and provide an option to narrow searches by a child or family member's age, gender, and type of gift request.

"Last year we were able to help more than 100 families and nearly 500 family members through our Adopt a Family program," explained Scott Inman senior corporate relations manager. "In tough economic times, many of our families are in desperate need of necessities such as clothing and household items, so the enhancements to the site come at an important time as the need for our services continues to grow."

The Home for Little Wanderers' annual Big Wishes for Little Wanderers Gift Drive is one of the oldest toy drives in the Boston area. The event runs December 1 - 22, 2009. Donations may be delivered to the Toy Room at 161 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA or at a community drop-off location. To learn more, visit the website.

With the increased need this holiday season making a fundraiser more accessible is only going to increase a non-profit's reach to potential donors. By creating an online website to host The Home for Little Wanderers' holiday toy drive, it not only makes it easier for locals to participate, but it creates an opportunity for non-local donors to get involved. Collaborative Consulting Partners is giving this non-profit a gift that will continue to positively affect the community for a long time to come. The best part is, it didn't take loads of money, it just took a company to recognize its strengths and use them for good.