|Dear friends, We are thankful that The Forgotten Initiative is celebrating 4 years as a ministry to the foster care community! We continue to rejoice in all the ways God shows us His faithfulness.
May 4-8 National Foster Care Worker Week The Forgotten Initiative will be hosting an Worker Appreciation in both Bloomington and Peoria. If you would like to donate items for door prizes or a monetary gift to help with the cost, or food we would be grateful! Door prizes can include gift cards to area eateries, spas or salons. Anything that would bless an agency worker in some way!
Please take a look below and consider how you, your family or church can come alongside the foster care community to show them they are not forgotten.
Meet a local need: New Booster Seats– One of our agencies frequently gives new booster seats to parents who cannot afford to buy them. Would your small group or family like to purchase one or more to help the agency meet this need?
Home Safety Kits – These kits are so helpful in situations such as when working to meet reunification goals or when a relative receives a child into their care and needs some items to make their home safe. We would love to tell you more!
Welcome Home Baskets – This is a great project for your small group or church! Many young adults age out of foster care every year and are overwhelmed at the thought of living independently. Lighten their burden with these baskets that are filled with new household items. Please contact us for more details and suggestions!
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.
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. This would be done during their weekly office hours. Please contact us for more info. on any of these needs. Again, thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus and showing Him to those who feel forgotten!