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Help California’s Foster Kids

From our friends at Sleep Train: Sleep Train Foster Kids Dollar Drive On Now Through November 4th! For over 60,000 California foster children extracurricular activities help provide a sense identity and a path to success. Joining the soccer team, getting help with math, learning to swim, activities like these are shown to provide stability and improve academic achievement. To help Sleep Train is collecting donations to help pay for the extra activities foster children usually go without. Just bring your … Continue reading

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The Road to Villa Nueva

Just posted on The Freeman is a brilliant article about how one woman is changing the lives of many children who would otherwise have no one. John Blundell wrote the article, which is a must-read. http://www.thefreemanonline.org/features/the-road-to-villa-nueva/

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Citizens Caring for Children

I’ve recently learned about a group called Citizens Caring for Children, which is supported by the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond in Oklahoma. From the organization’s website: Citizens Caring for Children provides clothing, shoes, duffel bags, books, school supplies, mentors and other necessities to more than 3,600 foster children each year. The children served have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect with nothing but the clothing on their backs.  Children in foster care live in your … Continue reading

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Awesome Group in Oregon!

I’ve just learned about an amazing group in Oregon. Read on! From the Foster Closet blog:   (This isn’t the inside of the store…but it looks very similar.) It’s time for school again. I’m sure you are all out getting supplies and fun new clothes for your children before this new school year approaches…because that’s what parents do, right? Well, for Foster Kids it’s a little different. Usually because they either come to you with clothes that are too big, … Continue reading

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“Small enough to know you, Strong enough to serve you well”

  I absolutely love the motto of Bogota Savings Bank in New Jersey: “Small enough to know you,                Strong enough to serve you well.”   If only other institutions would follow suit. It’s a refreshing change from “too big to fail.” Imagine if our government programs took this approach! Or the companies where we work, places we study or even our local auto repair shops. Small enough to know you: because you are … Continue reading

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Fostering a Brighter Future

Coming soon: updates on how YOU can help foster children make a great start in the coming school year.

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Back to School Supply Drive

When I was a kid, my favorite time of year was early fall… getting ready to go back to school. As you know, nearly a half million foster kids will be going back to school this September. To help California’s foster youth, the heroes at Sleep Train will be collecting new school supplies for foster children throughout the state. I have participated in this drive and it’s a lot of fun! Click here for store locations. Click here if you … Continue reading

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Stand Up for Kids

What does foster care have to do with homelessness? Tragically, a lot. Some 30,000 young people will exit foster care this year and many have nowhere to go. Former foster youth are disproportionately represented among the homeless. YOU can help. Our friends at Standupforkids.org help homeless youth across the nation. You can help by joining one of the organization’s outreach teams. You can help by organizing a “Don’t Run Away” lecture at your local high school or middle school. You … Continue reading

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Collecting Backpacks and School Supplies

From our friends at the LaMorinda Sun comes this news of an upcoming backpack and school supply drive: The Moraga Youth Involement Committee is holding a backpack drive all month to collect backpacks as donations. The backpacks will be given to students fourth grade and younger whose families can’t afford to purchase a new backpack. The drive is taking place at Moraga’s Parks and Recreation office at the Hacienda de las Flores, located at 2100 Donald Drive. Donations will be … Continue reading

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