Many of our friends know we are a foster family in Holland, MI. Although some people feel they are not called to foster, there is definitely a way they can help enrich & encourage foster kids at such a vulnerable time.
Hope Pkgs was born to fill a need many kids have when entering a foster home. A foster family really never knows if children will arrive with anything except the clothes the children have on. Hope Pkgs strives to eliminate the infamous trash bags some kids arrive with and replace them with new bags filled with new items such as socks, underwear, pjs, and toiletries.
We have first-hand knowledge of children arriving who have packed their own belongings in trash bags. It is often items they feel are important like toys. Case workers are often unable to assist the kids in the packing process because the situation is so traumatic. Sometimes it is best to leave as quickly as possible.
Our family also knows how wonderful it is to have kids arrive with a bag of their own. A new bag filled with new items such as underwear, socks, pajamas and sometimes even an entire outfit. This bag is something the children can keep. Something they are not sharing with other children in the home. Something new rather than hand-me-downs.
Not only does this benefit the kids but also the foster parents as they can focus on calming the children and getting them settled into a home they have never been to with people they have never met.
We have witnessed the devastation that puts kids into foster care. We have seen the desperation, sadness, confusion and tangible needs they arrive with. Your support is vital.
Our family and other foster families thank you for stepping alongside of us as we all help by providing HOPE, encouragement and love in action with something as basic but important as Hope Pkgs.
We truly appreciate your gifts. All donations will be used toward creating 1st night bags & to advance this project. We have approximately 170 to 220 children in foster care just within Ottawa County all the time. In the state of Michigan there are nearly 14,000 children in care. This is an ongoing need.
If you would like to do something unique & make a donation to honor someone for Christmas or their birthday, Hope Pkgs is happy to send you a Gift Letter that you can present to your loved one explaining how they inspire such gifts.
Again we thank you for your generosity! For your convenience, you can also used the tab shown below to use PayPal to make a gift.