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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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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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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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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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