Please take a look below and consider how you or your family or church can come alongside the foster care community to show them that they are not forgotten.
Meet a local need!
Something that every agency in our area consistently needs is Gift Cards:
Fast Food Gift Cards–These are often used when a child is taken into protective custody. Some suggestions are McDonald’s or Wendy’s.
Gas Cards–Often there is a lot of driving to various appointments and these cards are a huge help.
Grocery/Clothing Gift Cards–Cards from places like Wal-Mart or Meier are wonderful as well as Kohls.
We are aware of a child with autism who needs a “quiet mat”. Have you seen the mats that are like big puzzles that have the alphabet on them? That is the type of mat that is needed.
Welcome Home Baskets–More than 20,000 young adults age out of foster care every year without being adopted and many are overwhelmed at the thought of living independently. Lighten their burdens with a Welcome Home Basket filled with household items.
Other needs include:
1 Convertible Car Seat
Booster car seats-several are needed
Gift cards for gas and/or food
gender neutral diaper bags, baby blankets, onesies
Furniture needed–Just this morning I had a case worker contact me about a single mom of infant twins who has recently acquired her own apartment. While her children are in safe sleeping areas, she has only an air mattress. She does have a card table and chairs, but no comfortable chairs or couches. Can you help this young family?
Do you like to clean and organize? You might enjoying serving on a “Beautification Team” that takes care of these types of needs at our agency offices.
For the Peoria area-we have an agency requesting school uniforms of any color and size. All would be appreciated!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with any of these needs!