If you could live inside my brain for a day you would know that I have thousands of awesome ideas and about a 2% follow through rate, if that. I think the term for sugar-coating this is that I’m a “visionary” as opposed to a “doer.” The thing about ideas of mine is that a lot of them end up going away, but this one has been one persistent little bugger, and the Responsible One didn’t balk at it, which I’m taking to be a pretty good sign it’s meant to be. So today is the day I stop fretting about logistics and possibilities and just put this out there.
I believe in adoption. I believe in orphan prevention. I believe in foster care. I believe in family preservation. I believe in supporting adoptive families and supporting birth families and supporting foster families. But that last one? I wasn’t really sure how to do that until friends of mine accepted their first foster placement. And then I realized that we, as a community, could probably be doing so much more to support foster families and children. Often times we feel like the solution to big problems means doing big things, but I don’t think that’s always the case. There are small, incredibly meaningful things we can do every day to change the world around us.
So here’s what’s going down: I don’t even have a name for this endeavor yet (I’ll aim later, remember?) My vision is to create a place where foster families and their children can come “shop” for free, whether they need baby items for a new placement, new clothing for a child outgrowing their current size, a pair of soccer cleats or a baseball glove, toys, school supplies, etc.
Here’s what I need from you (local people, of course-which, let’s be real, is 87% of my readers):
- Donations of new or gently used shoes and clothing (size infant through teen)
- Socks and underwear (NEW)
- Winter jackets, mittens, and hats
- Diapers (all sizes) and wipes
- Baby shampoo, lotion, diaper cream
- Baby Gear (diaper bags, infant carriers, baby swings, cribs, etc)
- Baby blankets, baby linens
- Baby bottles, sippy cups, bibs, pacifiers (NEW)
- Books for babies, children and teens
- Toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap
- Haircare products
- School Supplies
If you have children out growing these things and you plan to donate or sell them, or you realize you have some of these things around your home that you can spare, please consider getting in touch with me and I would love for them to be used to support foster families in our community.
I’m really excited for how this may all unfold, and though I don’t have the master plan in front of me, I can’t stop myself from taking this first step in obedience.
Psalm 68:5-6 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing”