|Create Welcome Boxes – These are shoebox sized gifts given to children when they enter the system. They often include non-perishable snacks, age-appropriate toys, notebooks, crayons, a toothbrush…
Launch Boxes – These are usually laundry baskets filled with items a young man or woman can use to start their adult lives after aging out of care.
Respite – Take in children for an hour to a week, just to give their resource families a break. This is a way to be hands-on without the full-time commitment.
Gift Cards – This could be for the adults who need that extra boost of caffeine to keep up with the kids, or to a store where clothes, school supplies, or other needs can be met.
Donate – There are non-profits in every state with the mission to serve our kids in care. Your donations of money and tangible need items help them in this mission.
This is just the beginning! Check out the Every Child Oregon website for more information.
I have a list of non-profits serving kids in care all over the United States. Click here for a free copy.