A child in need
Organized by: andrea sutton
Imagine you are a foster child. Moving from home to home with little to no personal belongings. Your shoes are too small, but you make due because nobody has offered you a new or used pair that actually fits. You don't remember the last time you had a backpack. You are used to carrying your school work and supplies (if you have any supplies) in plastic bags. This is not to paint the picture that foster guardians do not care, but that they too are often stretched to their limit financially and often unable to continuously provide the essentials for temporary or even long term foster children. The money allocated for feeding and clothing foster children can run out quickly. Now, imagine you are living with your parent(s) or guardian. Due to a variety of reasons, they are struggling to make ends meet. By the time you inherit your older sibling's clothes and shoes, they are already falling apart. You often go to school without eating breakfast because there is no food for you to eat. And a backpack? Sometimes you have an old backpack to use, but only when the holes stay patched. The goal of this fundraiser to raise money to go toward the purchasing of gently used shoes, clothes, backpacks, and school supplies (mainly new) to be distributed to children in need. Local elementary schools will be contacted directly to aid in identifying specific children for whom the distribution of the purchased items would benefit. All items purchased (except for some school supplies) will be from non-profit thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army. The intention is to supply the children with what they need, but in a practical and fiscally responsible manner. Regarding food, if enough money is available and local schools agree, nutritious breakfast bars and drinks will be provided to specific classrooms to be distributed to children from families that have requested nutritional assistance. The implementation of this fundraiser's project will rely heavily on teachers and school staff that interact almost daily with less fortunate children. The teachers and staff see the shoes that are falling apart. They hear how hungry the child is at the beginning of the day. A simple checks and balances procedure will be put into effect for the children receiving assistance. The parent or guardian will sign a form approving the teacher or designated school staff person to take a weekly photo of the child/ren to document that they are regularly wearing/using the provided goods and supplies. Such a form will be developed with the assistance of the teachers/school staff. The photos will be reviewed and archived in the participant's file. The guardians of all child participants will be required to sign an Agreement documenting their understanding of the aid being provided and the requirements that the child/ren must be given continuous access to the essentials provided to them through the project. Any donators will be able to request copies of the bank accounts deposits/withdrawals/purchases/receipts associated with the project. This project is not for profit.