Kids & Family

Foster Love by Helping At-Risk Kids Get Basics for Back-to-School

Fill a suitcase with gift cards to help foster children who have nothing.

This ought to tell you something about where we need to #Start Something Good!

For the third time in a week, we've got a story about foster children and what they need to live a life that often bounces them from place to place. This week's Sparkt Bridges story ( click here ) focuses on an organization that custom-decorates suitcases so foster kids have something more than a garbage bag to carry their stuff. And the upcoming Allegheny County, Pa. Music Festival will benefit at-risk kids, including those in foster care ( click here ).

Foster Love's Donation Center is where foster kids get new clothes for back to school.

Here's another great way to help . The Foster Love Project is an organization that provides the basics to kids who often have nothing when they go into foster care: clothes and shoes, a warm blanket, toiletries, even a book or toy. Every year at this time, their Foster Love Project Free Donation Center is open for back to school shopping, so foster kids can enjoy the pleasure of heading back to class with some new things to wear -- just like everyone else.

Sometimes they run out of popular sizes or don't have an item that a child needs, so they provide Target or Walmart gift card.

That's where you come in. You can join their Fall Fill A Suitcase For Kids in Foster Care initiative which is going on right now . Simply purchase a small, rolling suitcase, and for the month of September, encourage as many people as possible to fill the suitcase with gift cards (again, Walmart and Target are the most useful). It's just that easy.

Gift cards help Foster Love supplement donated clothing.

This is the perfect project for an organization like a church, youth group, social club, scout troop or business. Click here to find out more about how to get involved. Foster Love also needs donations of clothing and volunteers to help at their donation center in Dormont. Click here for more information .

(Images: The Foster Love Project Facebook page )

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