I’m always keeping an eye out for awesome ways to give back to the community. So when I came across this I had to share!
Checkout what this local moms is doing….and how you can help!
This momma is ah-mazing! Katie Lepkowski is a wife, mother to two adorable & active boys, she holds Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, Masters in Education, enjoys long walks on the beach (lol!), & has the BIGGEST heart! Katie saw a need and sprang to action! After receiving information that Lucas Country Children’s Services is in need desperate need of foster care items her first thought was to reach out to local mom groups and ask moms to drop-off donations to her own home…we’re talking perfect strangers just dropping by her house, strangers who would undoubtable leave as a friend. But she didn’t want the task of donating goods to be an inconvenience for others so she has made it easier, she has put together the following……
Foster Care Needs
Why there is a Need…….
There are an estimated 440,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 123,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. Through no fault of their own, these children enter foster care as a result of abuse, neglect, because of the opioid epidemic, and/or abandonment.
Children in foster care are adopted by three types of families:
– relatives (35 percent)
– former foster parents (51 percent)
– non-relatives (14 percent)
Moreover, one in four children in foster care is an infant. Many are in the care of relatives, who can hardly afford the cost of baby stuff (especially grandma’s on fixed incomes). Caregivers cannot use WIC for a diaper, which really challenges them. There are newborns born all the time in Lucas County addicted to drugs due to the opioid crises. I have seen this first hand with the babies constantly shaking and going through withdrawal. These newborns often go into foster care and they have many needs in order to take care of them. With that being said, we are asking for donations for infants. 100 percent of this money will go towards diapers, wipes, baby wash, baby lotion, A & D ointment, pacifiers, teethers and onesies. Please note that even one dollar can buy a pack of wipes or items at the dollar store, so every dollar is appreciated. If you are interested, please donate here:
Set a family goal of, say, $5, have each kiddo donate a dollar to help local foster care children. And please take the time to sit down with your children and share the information above with them using terms that are age appropriate. I think you’ll be surprised at how eager they are to help!
“If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right….You should stop thinking about which product to buy for yourself, and try giving some of it to other people instead.” Michael Norton, an associate professor at Harvard Business School.(H/t Business Insider.)
Please donate, share this post with friends, & let’s see if we can raise $1,000!!!