California Teens Helping Younger Kids

From the LamorindaWeb: “The Moraga Youth Involvement Committee, a group of middle and high school students dedicated to giving back and serving their community, is hosting a backpack drive for children in grades kindergarten through fourth who would not be able to otherwise afford the school supplies. “New school supplies such as crayons, binders, rulers, and, of course, backpacks, as well as monetary donations, will be graciously accepted. The filled backpacks will then be distributed through a local program called … Continue reading

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Sleep Country’s Clothing Drive Begins Today

Our friends at Sleep Country are making a huge difference in the lives of foster children who live in Oregon and Washington. YOU can help, too! Beginning today, you can drop off new clothes for kids of all ages at any Sleep Country. Click for locations here. I love Sleep Country’s motto: Not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child.

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Spam-o-rama

Hello friends, I was surprised to come home from celebrating Mother’s Day to find more than 1,000 “comments” on this blog. I wish that these were from people like you, who care about foster kids. Unfortunately, the first few hundred were horrible spam and, in the interest of time that I can be spending helping kids, I decided to DELETE ALL. Please, if you would like to reach me, feel free to contact me via DM (direct message) at Twitter. … Continue reading

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May Is Foster Care Awareness Month

Across the nation, Americans are learning about foster care and celebrating foster families. It’s National Foster Care Awareness Month. The Lansing State Journal ran this story to raise awareness about foster care in Michigan. American Banking News thanks foster families with this press release. And from The Spectrum comes this enlightening piece about misconceptions regarding foster care. At DONATE LUGGAGE, we urge you to seek out awareness campaigns in your community, or just click on your state here at our … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning 101

At last, the sun is shining! It’s time to dust out the cobwebs and spring into the new season. You may feel inspired by the good weather. Or you even be “gripped by the urge to spring clean,” according to TLC’s article on the history of spring cleaning. According to the ancient study of feng shui, spring cleaning is good for the energy of your home and the people in it!  You can take that good energy a step further and … Continue reading

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We’re Featured on SheKnows.com!

Get ready for spring cleaning and Earth Day 2011! SheKnows.com features 10 Fab alternatives to throwing stuff away. Continue reading

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Laptops Help Foster Youth in College

If your spring cleaning includes making a decision about what to do with that laptop you’re not using, you can donate it! Make a difference in the life of a young person. From today’s Sacramento Bee: Two Placer County colleges are asking the public to donate used laptop computers to help former foster youth get through college. William Jessup University and the Sierra College Foundation are launching a program called “Fostering Care in Education” that will support former foster youth … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Blame the Victim

Child maltreatment is the #1 reason that children enter foster care. It’s also, tragically, the most-cited reason for children re-entering the system. In the case of an 11-year old girl, brutally raped by some 20 different men (WHY did no one stop it?!), a reporter with The New York Times has decided to “profile” the child in terms on what she was wearing. She’s 11. Please, join me and the Change.org team in signing this petition, which requests an apology … Continue reading

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WOMAN, Inc.

I have the honor of being on the board of directors for WOMAN, Inc.–Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent. For more than 30 years, WOMAN, Inc. has provided a lifeline for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. You can help! Here is WOMAN, Inc.’s current wish list.

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Community Collection Day

What an awesome way to come together: charities are working in concert to not only help the needy, but also encourage YOU to get some spring cleaning done! Community Collection Day is March 19th. From WANE.com: (WANE) – Several non-profit agencies are joining forces to create a first of its kind event in Fort Wayne.  It’s called Community Collection Day. On March 19, you can take all your material donations, everything from building materials and baby furniture to clothes and … Continue reading

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