Foster Care Awareness Month!
Did you know May is Foster Care Awareness Month? Did you know according to the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange there are more than 3,000 children in Michigan waiting for permanent, loving homes to call their own each year?
Staff from our branches in Grand Rapids are teaming up to raise money for D.A. Blodgett - St. Johns which supports children in foster care. In May, their focus is to put together personal backpacks for children of all ages. The "care bag" contains items they can immediately call their own upon moving into their foster home. Our Kentwood Branch, Jenison Branch, and Ann St. Branch in Grand Rapids are all collecting needed items for the backpacks and cash donations during the month of May. Below is a list of needed items showing what is placed in each category of "care bag".
Each "Baby Bag" (age 0-2 years) has:
- Onesies (2)
- Bibs (2)
- Baby bath
- Baby lotion
- Baby powder
- Bottle - 12 month and under
- Pacifier - 12 month and under
- Sippy Cup
- Diaper Cream
- Infant toy
Each "General Care Bag" contains:
- 2 pair socks (or package)
- 2 pair underwear (or package) (older boys prefer boxers)
- A backpack/duffel bag
- Toiletries (trial size preferred) (soap, shampoo, comb, deodorant, toothpaste/brushes)
- Books/Coloring books
- Blanket - small to medium fleece preferred
- Age appropriate small toy, stuffed animal, game, or other fun item
Each branch in Grand Rapids will also be holding bake sales on Friday, May 3rd and Friday, May 31st. The Ann St. Branch will have our prize wheel set up in the branch on May 24th, so make sure to stop by to spin the wheel and win a prize! All proceeds will be donated to D.A. Blodgett - St. Johns.
There is also a Foster Care Awareness Month Breakfast Fundraiser being held on Thursday, May 2 at the Freeland Sports Zone located at 5690 Midland Rd. in Freeland, MI. Doors open at 7:15am and the complimentary breakfast is from 7:30am - 8:30am. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Jalisha Henry by calling 567.204.3429 or by emailing JHenry@aoicw.org. This fundraiser is being held by Adoption Option of Midland, MI.
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