We have had over 14 children come in and out of our home over the past 3 years. Tragically, many have arrived with nothing, just the clothes on their backs, and most of these arrived with a garbage bag with a few belongings stuffed into it. ..children rarely come with anything that resembles home, their identity or what is special to them. .
When a child comes into care, we get limited money to purchase clothing for them. Very limited. There are numerous phone calls that have to be made and permission granted to get the funds, and then it can take some time to get reimbursed for these costs. (It's just the way the system works) .
One day, we had a 12 year old boy come into our care. He had only the clothes on his back. We put a shout out on our personal social media asking for any friends or families who had any size 12 clothes, PJs, etc and were absolutely blessed with some incredible people to come and help support this young person by providing him with hand-me-downs. This meant that we only had to purchase for him essentials such as socks and jocks. This took a huge amount of work off of us. .Some amazing people in our lives have mentioned to us before that their hearts ache for these children in our care, and although they, themselves are unable to provide care for these children, they can help in other ways such as providing clothing, toys or books for them. We are so grateful for people like this! .
As foster parents, we also don't keep these clothes for the next child that might come in to our care when a child moves on, or goes back home. We allow the child to take them with them. For some, it is the very first thing that they have had for themselves EVER. It has given them identity and made them feel special. They're wearing something that is 'new', in great condition and is fresh and clean - oh the small things in life we take for granted! .
..... but how about we stop with the plastic bags hey! A child is worth more..
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