02 April 2013

give a little bit

Remember the part about organizing some donations for our local foster care office? Here goes...

{Oh, and there are two opportunities for YOU to get involved if you would like!}

When children come in to state custody they often come with very little. Caseworkers sometimes have to bathe the youngest children and scramble to find some clean clothes to put on them. Older children might be handed some toiletries and directed to the shower - in an office building downtown. Meanwhile, caseworkers attempt to find a suitable foster home placement. This is a difficult time for the children. Depending on the family size (number of children in care) it can be difficult for the caseworkers as they try to keep sibling sets together in foster homes. 

One small thing we are doing to help is organizing the donations in the supply room. Currently, caseworkers might spend a half hour or more trying to locate the right size shirt, then another half hour trying to find pants. After all that searching they then have to hope it's clean and that it matches -somewhat.

I spent some time last week sorting, thankfully I had a helper - which was a real blessing for this organizational-skill-challenged girl. We put outfits together, we made hang tags to separate the racks by size. We separated the used-clothing from the new clothing. We tallied our racks and I finally made a list of what is still needed. My goal is to have 3 outfits per gender, per size, up to 4t; and 2 outfits per gender, per size for the older kiddos. I can then easily inventory the racks in the future as items are used.

Here is a current list of clothing needs, by gender & size:


  • 1 - 0-3 mos.
  • 1 - 3-6 mos.
  • 2 - 6-9 mos.
  • 1 - 18 mos.
  • 3 -  2 -  2T
  • 3 -  2 - 3T
  • 2 - 4T
  • 2 -  1 - XS (4/5)
  • 2 - S (6/7)
  • 2 - 1 - M (8/10)
  • 2 - 1 - L (12)
  • 2 - XL (14)


  • 2 - 0-3 mos.
  • 1 - 3-6 mos.
  • 1 - 6-9 mos.
  • 1 - 12 mos.
  • 1 - 18 mos.
  • 2 -  1 - 2T
  • 3 -  2 - 4T
  • 2 -  1- L (12)
  • 2 - XL (14)

If you would be interested in donating an outfit let me know in the comments here or on FB.  You can pick a size/gender if you would like or I can "assign" one to you.  (Sometimes I like to pick a match for my boys so they can shop).  The caseworker has requested that the clothing that is donated be new. After sorting it, I understand why - I found a lot of "pretty nice" used-clothing, but also found more stained and weirdly shrunken used clothing. The caseworker added that they cannot become "a dumping ground" and I know first hand that they do not have time to dig through bags of junk. Truthfully - ain't nobody got time for that!

There is also a need for new towels, blankets, and bags.


Remember the children often bring very little with them. We'd love for each child to have his/her own bag to carry their few possessions with them.  The caseworker said in our class that sometimes children have to carry belongings in shopping bags or trash bags.  When Brad asked what the current needs are for their office, she told us they need bags.  I mentioned this to my book club a week or so ago and my friend Jana was off & running with ideas for getting bags for the children. She has offered a Thirty-One Gifts fundraiser and will continue to encourage shoppers at future parties to purchase a bag to donate. While I was organizing the supply room, I found a few bags, but only 1 that would really be suitable for a child.   Click here if you would like to check out the fundraiser.

Jana and I both thought these cinch sacs would be a great choice for the kiddos.  Click here if you would like to purchase one.

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