Take one corporation, a locally-owned business, a community organization, and countless individuals, and what do you get?
In our case, the result was a very successful 2014 school clothing drive for metro Detroit-area foster children and teens.
Troy-based Meritor raised more than $3,400 during their September Jeans Day. Kid’s Planet Resale of Royal Oak collected several boxes of clothing and supplies. And Northville’s Main Street League, a social-service organization, included We Care Foster Care in their September 25 clothing drive at Silver Springs Elementary School.
We also received several individual donations, whether they were dropped off at Kid’s Planet Resale, the Main Street League drive, or at the Help Closet itself.
As we said in our post at the beginning of September, the state of Michigan
provides foster families with less than $250 per year per child for clothing. That’s barely enough to cover the basics, let alone any “extras” like gym shoes or a few really nice outfits for special occasions.
But thanks to our generous community, the foster children and teens We Care Foster Care serves were able to go back to school wearing the same styles and quality of clothing as their peers. In other words — they went to school looking like any other student.
And as we hear time and again, that’s one of the main things “our” kids in foster care crave.
The Drive may be over, but we’re still accepting donations of new/nearly-new clothing, school supplies, and other items (including furniture) at our Help Closet, as well as monetary donations to purchase items as they’re needed.
You’d be amazed by what a big difference even a small gift can make!
Register to donate items to foster children or teens here, or give a financial gift of $25, $50, $100 or more here — or, if you want to give more, support We Care Foster Care with a monthly gift here!