I’m building Halloween baskets for foster children, and, if you feel inclined to do so, maybe you want to help?!
But first, let’s back up for just a second.
On Facebook, I run a private group called Born in Our Hearts. Back in June, a woman posted the following:
I’m new to this foster care scene and as I’ve been certifying, studying, researching, googling, and blog-stalking, I’ve noticed there are lots of organizations and people who donate money and goods to children in foster care. For example, I ran across an Instagram post where a girl was collecting Easter dresses for little girls in foster care, and I remember around Christmas time there was an ad on the radio about donating gifts to children in care so they could have a Christmas. I think these things are wonderful and I’m in no way trying to downplay or discredit these contributions. I just need clarification when I ask, aren’t things like Easter dresses and Christmas gifts the responsibility of foster parents? As my husband and I prepare to become foster parents, our intent is to treat any child that would come into our home as one of our own. That would include Christmas gifts and clothing. What am I missing?
It was a legit question, and I loved it!
Many people had thoughts on it, which were sincere and helpful, and here was mine,
I can’t answer for everyone, but I’ll tell you why I did it and what I know. I work directly with a social worker through our county who not only places children but is also the head of all events and donations. She has shared many stories with me, but the reason they need so many things for children entering the system is that, oftentimes, the children don’t go to homes like yours. Many times they go to a relative’s home because those relatives want and love them, BUT they might not have all the financial means for things immediately (especially when their first check won’t arrive for quite some time). The other reason is that they (the social workers), oftentimes, want to send a nice package with the children when they are removed from their home and are en route to foster home. It’s easy to think that everyone is like you and me, but that’s just not the situation. Thanks for such an awesome question:) And p.s. I’m doing another drive soon again!
So there you have it.
Halloween Baskets for Foster Children
Confession: After Pajama Rama Jamas, my goal was to collect school supplies for foster children, but life happened and before I realized it, it was too late. I asked the social worker what would be needed after back-to-school but prior to Christmas. Her response,
Halloween Baskets? With things to decorate a pumpkin, bubbles, pencils, candy, and snacks? Maybe “adopt” a few families and buy costumes? I think this would especially help our relatives who are not getting any financial help from the agency until they are approved.
Are these things critical necessities for a foster child’s everyday life? No. But my goal with helping children in the foster care system is not to just provide items for survival, but also items that make them feel happy and excited in those moments when they receive them.
From Halloween through Christmas, this is our chance to do that!
Here is the information:
- Collection dates: today through Friday, October 20, 2017
- Age: 0-8
- Gender: M + F
- Costume size: to fit 0-8 year-olds
- Brand new costumes or gently used (no stains, tears, non-smoking environment)
- Any of the items the social worker mentioned plus anything else you think might be fun for a Halloween basket and/or costumes are preferred
- If you are local, please private message me on social or reach out HERE and I’d be happy to arrange getting them from you.
- If you are not local, please private message me on social or reach out HERE for shipping instructions.
- If you are not local and don’t want to ship physical products, you can donate gift cards to Target and/or general gift cards or send money (by Friday, October 13, 2017). I will then do all the Halloween goodies shopping for donation.
- Some people are more comfortable making anonymous donations. If this is you, the best way to do that would be to purchase a gift card online at Target and have it emailed to me anonymously (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR send money via PayPal to email@example.com.
- Anything else? Contact me HERE or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The way our family will be contributing is that each of my children will “adopt” a child, get that child a costume and basket and fill it with goodies. Because, well, we are teaching them about the insides.
Will you join the Halloween fun?!