Giving Back: How to Help Foster Children in Your Community

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Often the holiday season is associated with volunteer work and the generosity of individuals to help their communities. However, the need for volunteers, donations, and more exists 365 days of the year, and with so many options to choose from, giving back, particularly to foster children, is easier than ever.

This back to school season check out the number of donation drives that are available nationwide, as well as locally in the Eugene area.

1.) Bring any donations that include school supplies, athletic shoes and apparel for physical education classes, and other clothing for the back to school season to any Sleep Country in the Northwest. More than 20,000 children in Oregon and Washington find themselves in the foster care system and many enter with few possessions. Visit http://www.sleepcountry.com/sleep-country-foster-kids.html for more information.

2.) With treehouseforkids.org, the opportunity to create and host your own back to school donation drive is readily available. As a fundraiser you can even create a donation drive online for those who wish to donate money towards school supplies for foster children.

To find out more about how to help foster children in your community check out www.treehousekids.org/donate.

3.) Promises2Kids is located in San Diego County and helps more than 3,300 foster children with the “tools, guidance, and opportunities they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into happy, healthy adults.” Promises2Kids holds a yearly shopping event with local retailers to equip foster children with school supplies and clothes to kick off the new school year.

To find out how to attend or donate to this event visit: http://promises2kids.org/back-to-school-shopping-event/

4.) For another way to help the Eugene community, check out the A Family for Every Child Taste of Home event happening on August 22nd from 6 to 9 pm. Enjoy dinner from Texas Roadhouse and a lovely selection of wines from Domain Meriwether. Each attendee is required to bring a donation for the silent auction to be auctioned off at the Home for the Holidays event this fall. All proceeds benefit foster children in the community who are searching for their forever homes. For information on how to RSVP to the Taste of Home event or how to donate visit: https://map.afamilyforeverychild.org/Announce/2015SummerEvent.php