Saturday, May 11, 2013
DUFFELS FOR KIDS
Foster children start out with more strikes against them then most of us deal with in our entire life. Imagine growing up without parents, or being taken away from your parents because of abuse and spending your childhood in a never ending succession of stranger's homes until one day you turn 18 and you are out on your own, with no support network, no family to help you, and limited job skills.
The sadness and the indignities these kids suffer is almost unimaginable. And as these kids are uprooted and shuffled from foster home to foster home, the kids suffer one more indignity: they gather their meager belongings in a trash bag. Could there be any more sad statement about their lives then having to move the few things they own in a garbage bag? What kind of message does this send to these children?
Someone finally said "enough".
The Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parents Association is organizing a "Duffles for Kids Drive".
What a great idea! At least now when these children are forced to move to another foster home, they can gather their belongings in a duffle bag and move with a little dignity. A small gesture which will go a long way to help reinforce in these children that they are not garbage and that they mean something and have dignity.
There is a walk to raise money next Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Parrot Jungle.
The Herald article that brought this to our attention is here.
But you can also go to the website here and just scroll to the bottom and click the "donate now" button and donate through Pay Pal.
Take a few minutes today. Spend twenty bucks. And help an innocent child. No more garbage bags for kids. These children are not garbage and this is such a simple problem to solve. This blog gets about 3.000 hits a day. If 500 people donate 20 bucks, $10,000 dollars buys a lot of duffle bags, and more importantly sends a message to each child that despite their tough start in life, people care about them. Children aren't garbage. They shouldn't have to more their belongings in garbage bags.
Have a good weekend.