“As pajamas are a necessity for each child’s comfort, many that come into foster care haven’t had any that they could remember to call their own. The goods received by the FCSF center are the child’s items to keep as are the toys, shoes, wardrobes, books and school supplies with back packs,” said Rachel M. Ewald, founder and CEO of Foster Care Support Foundation. “It helps the child of trauma start rebuilding their lives with things they can call their own and help them start the healing process needed to overcome abuse, neglect or deprivation in their past.”
In addition to supporting the pajama drive, people can support Bloom Our Youth by volunteering to sort donations, assist in shopping, or supporting special projects and events. For Foster Care Support Foundation, volunteers can come and help fill orders for items that need to be shipped, become mentors for its Hope 4 Tomorrow Mentoring program, and more.
The pajama drive is just one of six donation drives that Mattress Firm will host this year to support foster kids. “We hope we can help improve the lives of foster children, and we’re doing everything in our power to rally our teams and the communities to provide foster kids and families with the essential items that they need to succeed,” added Hardy.
Who’s doing good?Each Tuesday, we write about charity events such as fun-runs, volunteer projects and other community gatherings that benefit a good cause. To suggest an event for us to cover, contact Devika Rao at doing.goodAJC@gmail.com
Bloom Our Youth, bloomouryouth.org
Foster Care Support Foundation, www.fostercares.org