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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A-Z Guide to Helping Foster Kids

Perhaps your organization is looking for a beneficiary for its next big meeting. SOS Village in Illinois has put together an awesome “A-Z” list of fundraising ideas. If you are looking for ways to help America’s most vulnerable youth–in Illinois or in your home state–this is a great starting point. And I would add, under L: Donate luggage! Click on your state to the right to find out how you can help in your community. Best regards, Conna SOS VILLAGE’s A-Z Ideas … Continue reading

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