I’ve discovered that the more I share the idea of a children’s charity that helps kids who’ve been abused, the more positive feedback I hear and support I receive.
Case in point, I was invited to be a guest on a local radio show. It was a blast!
My interviewer was Harold Littlejohn, host of the Business Buzz on Kkxx 104.5 Chico, CA and a CPA at http://www.hlittlejohn.com
He let me share my passions and dreams, all though not all of them because we ran out of time. Boy that hour flew by!
We discussed what triggered my love of children in the system, which I shared with you in a previous post. However, I thought it might be nice to list some of the interview highlights here.
Foster families. With over 400,000 children in the system, there is a need for good foster families to take in these children and make a difference in their lives. Even if a child is only in your home for a few months, they will retain the positive memories and experiences. Trust me, you make a difference. There is also a need for respite homes as well. We didn’t discuss this in the interview, but I wish I had. When a family wants to take a vacation out of town they aren’t allowed to take the foster children with them, so respite homes are needed to care for the children short term. This is also a great way for a family to decide if foster parenting is right for them (by being a respite home first.)
Volunteers. No matter where you live, I urge everyone to volunteer for a worthy cause. By doing so, you help make the world a better place. If you are thinking, I don’t know how or I don’t have time, stop; there is always a way you can help. Here are some examples of how you can help our children’s charity (both locally and from far away):
- Donate usable items in good condition, such as: clothing, shoes, toys, books, blankets, small appliances, small furniture, school supplies or craft supplies. You can even host a neighborhood drive, if you are so inclined.
- Use your social media to: share, like our posts, pins, and tweets, and spread the word of loving homes needed.
- Create new pins for us to post on our foster hope for youth Pinterest board.
- Write an occasional blog post.
- Write to your politicians demanding reform in the system because it is failing our children. (much more on this in a later post)
- Donate money or gift cards.
- Sew children’s capes of all colors and sizes (some will be given to children while others will be part of our fundraising.)
- In the coming months, we will be looking for volunteers for a variety of local positions, so stay tuned.
Businesses can help too. Anything from hosting a drive (toys, clothes, school supplies are just a few ideas), to inviting in a teen intern (even if it’s just for a day), sponsoring a child in the system (over the months the child is in the system, you donate goods, birthday gifts, tickets, cards of encouragement, birthday cards, etc. – becoming a virtual extended family), or offering services such as free hairdo’s for prom. These are just a few examples. I have faith that whatever business you have, there is something to offer a youth in the system to help them enjoy their childhood or be better prepared to handle life after high school.
Why do we want to do this and encourage others to help? Because every child deserves to be wanted, loved and feel worthy.
And, of course, we mentioned that we have our children’s charity page set up on Go Fund Me http://www.gofundme.com/fosteringhope4youth
I’ve already been asked to be a guest on another local radio show, so stay tuned in as we continue to build better lives for children.
If you have other ideas on how people can help please share. Afterall, it takes a village to raise a child and a community to be a family.