Alright. This is the next project.
I’m so excited!
You will be too. Hang with me here.
We’re staying local this month and attempting to notice and touch and respond to vulnerable and abused and neglected children in our own town.
And what I’m going to ask you to do right now is watch this.
With your eyes open.
Don’t turn away.
It’s a video put out by an extraordinary organization in South Florida called 4KIDS. I observed their ministry back at a conference in May. They are on the front lines and leading edge of foster care ministries.
This is their video. The stats apply to South Florida. But I can guarantee you, the same things are happening in our community. In your community.
Now. (I’m getting bossy, but this is important)
You know how I feel about foster care parents. I have consulted and dreamed with some precious friends of mine who are involved in foster care. We contacted DHS and have partnered with them for this project.
So here’s the deal. Most often in an emergency removal situation, children are picked up briskly from their homes and in a scurry their belongings are put into whatever plastic or garbage sac is available. A social worker attempts to find someone to take them in. Then drops them off with their garbage sac to their foster care homes.
Foster parents rush around to find bedding and clothing as children arrive on their doorsteps.
Parents have told me stories of clothes being dropped off, perhaps by well meaning people, that have cockroaches crawling all over them.
All the while, messages are being sent to these children.
Your life needs to gathered and put in this trash bag.
What is no longer good enough for us, we give to you.
You are worth our trash.
So here’s the plan, people.
New bags. Cute bags. Duffle bags or back packs.
New pajamas. Cute pajamas with the tags still on them. Pink ones. Blue ones. Polka Dot ones.
We’re buying as many as we can.
We are stocking the closet of the local DHS. Social workers will go there as they head to remove children from a home. The kids will be given a new bag to place their stuff in. They will have brand new pajamas of their very own to wear to bed for their first night in a strange place. They will a bear to cuddle as they attempt to sleep. They will have new toothbrushes.
And they will get a message.
You are precious. And loved. And important.
At the same time, it’s a message to our social workers and foster care parents. Thank you. Thank you for what you do. It is of infinite value.
And this is simply an opportunity again. To be involved IF you want. To keep your eyes open. And to do something.
Local people: Here’s What To Do–
Talk about it. Tell your friends. Think about these kids when you are shopping for your own kids.
Buy backpacks (they are on sale everywhere right now)
Buy pajamas (any kind, any size). (our team will organize once all donations are in)
Call me. Or email me. I’ll arrange for pick-up or delivery.
Or if you just want to donate funds, I’ll put the donate button back up. I’ll do the shopping for you.
All money this month in the paypal account linked to the left will be used to buy backpacks and pajamas.
(we are working on getting the toothbrushes and stuffed animals donated by local businesses)
Out of towners:
You can do something similar in your own cities and towns if you feel so led. And let me know how it’s going!
Or you can donate to ours. It’s up to you.
Based on the success, we will stock our local DHS first and if we have an abundance we will move to surrounding areas and towns.
Here we go. Again.
I cannot tell you how much energy you gave me with the last project.
And I think we are just beginning to make waves….
…waves that I pray are felt by vulnerable and hungry and lonely children here and around the world.
What a privilege to be a part.
Now go. (It’s that bossy thing again).
Pajamas and bags.