Foster care requires that we accept that life is hard. It is hard for the child and it will be hard for us, but the rewards can be tremendous. Foster care requires that we get outside our capacity comfort zone. The capacity needed is there, we just need to use it to know the rewards that are possible.
80 boxes were assembled!
A sweet young girl named Wynona and her girl scout troop collected 80 Welcome Boxes for children in foster care.
Welcome boxes provide a box of age-appropriate items to occupy a child’s time while in the DSHS child welfare office. The child then takes the box with them to their new foster home. In an unfamiliar living environment, owning nice possessions is of intense psychological importance.
Embrace Washington now provides Welcome Boxes to 8 surrounding counties in our area.
How were donations collected?
Wynona, her family and her Girl Scout Troop #2363 spent the month of May contacting local and out of state businesses for donations to put in the Welcome boxes.
Sherdae, Wynona’s mom wrote a letter asking for donations of toothbrushes, socks, underwear, stickers, toothpaste, coloring books, flashlights, books, hairbrushes, crayons, toys, stuffed animals and many more items that would fit in to a Welcome Box.
We are grateful for the thoughtfulness of Shopko, DaBell Orthodontics, Spokane Elite Dance Studio, Avista, Modern Electric, State Farm (Patrick Foster) and the families at Seth Woodard Elementary School for their generous donations to help fill the boxes.
Because of generous community members foster children feel loved and supported.
If you would like to learn more about how to support the foster care community in Spokane, please contact us today!
My journey towards being a champion for the well-being of foster children is just one part of my dedication to the well-being of all children. I have worked with vulnerable children all my life, but I believe I have found my true calling and would like to invite you to join Embrace Washington on our journey to ensure that all children deserve a chance to be a child.