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Tennessee - KnoxvilleAug. 3, 2016

Current Needs in Knoxville, TN

Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by!  Here are a few of our current needs for our local foster care community: Journey Bags Journey Bag Coordinator Foster Parent Support Coordinator To serve our aging out and parenting youth:  bus passes, school supplies, adult clothing, maternity clothing, candy, Bibles, and other small encouragements. If you have interest in helping or finding out more, please email Jeff & Becky Smits at or thru Facebook by messaging our page From Team Knoxville TFI, Jeff & Becky Smits – Knoxville Advocates Julie – First Response Coordinator Megan – Never Alone Parenting Program Coordinator Jennifer – […]

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Find a Need, Tennessee - KnoxvilleJul. 8, 2016

Back to School Drive

Hey friends!  We are collecting for a special event at the end of July to encourage our foster families!  We are planning to stock them up with school supplies and refreshments before heading out for the tax-free weekend.  Here is our supply wish list: Glue Sticks Scissors Crayons Pencils Colored Pencils Markers Dry-Erase Markers Band-Aids Hand Sanitizer Highlighters Composition Notebooks Binder Paper Pencil Boxes Spiral Notebooks Kleenex TI30 & TI 83 Calculators (these can be new or gently used) If you would like to help with refreshments and just general volunteering let us know! If you are a foster family […]

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Tennessee - KnoxvilleMay. 20, 2015

Knoxville, TN Needs Updates!

Thanks for stopping by to see our current needs in Knoxville, TN!  Our current and on-going initiatives are First Response, Journey Bags, Never Alone Parenting Program (supporting pregnant and parenting foster teens and aged-out youth), and Aging-Out Youth Initiatives.  We have periodic initiatives such as Project Sunshine, Social Worker Appreciation, Christmas Sponsorship, and Foster Parent Appreciation. Our Facebook Page is usually updated more frequently and with our most up-to-the-minute needs!  Check out the link below and “like” our page to stay informed…. TFI Knoxville’s Facebook Page

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Tennessee - KnoxvilleDec. 1, 2014

Knoxville, TN – Christmas Sponsorship & Journey Bag Drive!

Our Christmas Sponsorship is still underway!  This is a wonderful way to be an encouragement to foster & kinship families, foster children, birth families, and former foster youth!  E-mail Becky Smits at if you would like to review the current list and find a child you’d like to sponsor this year! Our Journey Bag drive continues!  We are looking for all age ranges at this time.  See the graphic below for details and instructions!  Contact me at if you’re ready to drop-off a bag or more!  This is a wonderful way to provide an encouragement at a very scary […]

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Tennessee - Knoxville, UncategorizedOct. 15, 2014

Current Needs in Knoxville, TN – Journey Bags

These are such a wonderful project for families, groups, classes, etc.  They are a blessing to the children receiving them, the workers who are transporting these children, and the foster families caring for them.  How, you say?  Many of our children in custody come with little to nothing, they may have had to leave behind their favorite bear, blanket, or favorite sweater.  Our workers are taxed with removing the children for their safety, securing a good placement, and the endless paperwork that comes with it.  Our families get very little notice when a child needs a safe place, most times only 1-2 […]

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Find a Need, Tennessee - KnoxvilleAug. 13, 2014

Current Needs – Knoxville, TN

Furniture / Appliances: – New / Gently Used Sofa – Clothing Dryer (in good working condition) – 2 Dressers – 2×4’s, Sheet Rock, & Wood Screws    

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Find a Need, Tennessee - KnoxvilleMar. 25, 2014

Current Needs in Knoxville, TN – Toiletry Items

The donation closet at DCS is in need of the following toiletry items:  Infants: baby shampoo, baby wash, lotions, diaper cream. Little/Big Kids: kid shampoo, body wash, lotion. Teens: African-American haircare styling products.  Also, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion. Thank you!

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Tennessee - KnoxvilleJan. 23, 2014

Current Needs in Knoxville, TN: We need beds!!

We have been contacted about 2 families DCS is working with to keep safe and intact.  One family has had a horrendous time with bedbugs and has since gone thru the process of eradicating them.  They are in need of a full-size bed.  Another family is mother and child who have fled an abusive relationship.  Mom has been sleeping on an air mattress.  We’d like to provide her with a full size bed or twin bed to change that.  Please let me know if you can help! If you have a bed you are looking to get rid of in […]

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Foster Care Workers, Tennessee - KnoxvilleDec. 31, 2013

Current Needs in Knoxville, TN: Social Worker Appreciation Month is January!!

There are some great opportunities to show our Knox County DCS staff how much we appreciate them this month!  We’re planning a breakfast and some small gifts of appreciation. Email me at if you’d like more information on how you can take part in these fun events!

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Tennessee - KnoxvilleDec. 2, 2013

Current Needs in Knoxville, TN

Questions or to get involved contact Becky at  | Phone: (865) 719-1265 Journey Bags (Please donate only new items) Clothing (all sizes), shoes, underwear (new), socks (new), blankets, teddy bears (new), bottles, formula, diapers, wipes, toiletries Project Sunshine Neutral seating (chair, loveseat, and/or sofa), yoga mats, exercise equipment (small hand weights, exercise balls, etc.) for staff de-stress space Welcome Home Baskets Independent Living Needs (household goods (pots & pans, dishes, small appliances), furniture, towels, bedding). Host a Drive Baby equipment and toys needed Mentoring Mentors willing to help with various skills (budgeting, cuoponing, job search/skills, driver education, auto repair, finding housing, […]

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