May is National Foster Care Month. It’s the time of the year that we all (more than usual) promote foster care. We share our kids’ stories, we give tips on how you can get can involved, we share resources, and we ask for help.
This year, my friend over at http://tamlynn75random.blogspot.com/ Errr, I can’t get it to work, but anyway. She’s doing a “First Night” drive for foster parents and the children. Often, in many many stories, these children come with nothing except the clothes on their backs. Sometimes they are taken in the middle of the night. Sometimes they are removed from school. The majority of the time, they come with very very little. So foster parents have to run out at 1:15am and grab diapers, toothpaste, underwear, socks, and other various items. The goal of the “First Night” drive is to halt the middle of the night run.
Example: A social worker gets a call. They start going down their list of potential homes. Mr and Mrs. Doe say ‘yes’ to the call for an 8 year old boy. Mere hours later at 2 in the morning, the doorbell rings. Instead of showing up with nothing, the boy has a small bag in his hand. The bag contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, underwear, socks, a pair of pajamas, a clean outfit, and a small stuffed animal. The social worker was able to grab these items off a shelf before leaving to pick up the boy. The boy has a few pieces of comfort and the parents can wait until the next day to go out for the rest of his needs.
So that’s my goal. For the month of May, I will be collecting items to make First Night bags. To make a transition for a scared child just a little bit easier, knowing they have clean clothes for the next day, and to save foster parents the stress of a middle of the night run. In the next day or two, I hope to have a paypal donate button and I’ll be collecting in person as well. Thank you for sharing and considering helping the foster children that exist all around us. You’re showing them that someone cares and that they matter.