Iowa


Got Beanie Babies?

No matter where you live, you can help foster kids. Adoption Connection in Ankeny, Iowa collects Beanie Babies all year long for children in foster care to take with them on their court dates. A court date can feel scary to a child; you can make a difference by offering a bit of comfort in the form of a Beanie Baby.


Program Name

Adoption Connection Beanie Baby Drive

Contact

Adoption Connection at (515) 965-8029

Email

adoptionconnection@adoptioniowa.com

Where to send/drop off new Beanie Babies

Adoption Connection
114 NW 5th Street, Suite 103
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

You can drop off Beanie Babies at the address above between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm throughout the year.

For more information on to arrange a pickup of large donations, please send an email to adoptionconnection@adoptioniowa.com.

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More news from Iowa, the social work club at Briar Cliff University is collected suitcases and items with which to fill them. From CliffNewsNet.org:

Ash Sparks
Staff Reporter

The Social Work Club at Briar Cliff University maintains the goal of all social workers, which is to promote the health and dignity for children in welfare.

Senior social work major Brianna McPherson is an intern in the adoption and foster care fields, as well as one of the leaders in the Social Work Club initiative. She is currently trying to get the word out for the upcoming National Adoption Day, which is Nov. 20.

Presently, she is putting together the donate suitcases project. The donation expects to receive suitcases, duffle bags, backpacks, and purses to give to foster care children.

“Some people can’t imagine it”, says McPherson. “Many children go from home to home with all their belongings in garbage bags.” McPherson said that it’s really hard on these children to move so much and not have a proper way of transporting their worldly possessions.

McPherson and the Social Work Club are accepting bags that are in acceptable condition and money donations to go towards the gift bags that will be given to foster children on National Adoption Day. These gift bags will include; brushes, clothing items, and other giveaways. The bags that have been collected thus far will be decorated on Mon. Oct. 25 in the art building. The suitcases and duffle bags will be decorated to age appropriateness for the child receiving the donation.

“Last year we had an under the sea theme for the smaller children,” said McPherson. The club is hoping for a rise in donations, although businesses haven’t been donating as much as they did in the past.

The goal is to get the word out about adoption in time for the National Adoption Day and have people join in the celebration because some children’s adoption will be finalized on Nov. 20.

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