Caring Closet Fundraiser Fosters Hope
Angie Murray is a volunteer with Fostering Hope, an organization dedicated to helping local foster children, something she’s passionate about because she herself has been a foster parent and she knows how difficult it can be to care for kids in need.
“When a child comes into your home, they usually come with nothing. Fostering Hope helps us with everything from bedding, to clothing, school supplies, just anything you need for that child,” explained Murray.
The organization relies on donations from the community to provide foster kids with these items, but each year they make an effort to give back, explains Joanna Holden, Program Director for Fostering Hope.
“Donations that we get from individuals, from consignment sales, just all over. We’re always amazed at how generous our community is, and this is just the overflow that we don’t have space for,” said Holden.
All of the items in the sale are sold for a quarter, and Holden says that the community appreciates the discount.
“They always tell us, ‘Hey, thanks for giving it back to us at a price we can afford.’ We’ve had some families come out here and get an entire fall wardrobe for their kid for like $15 and, as a parent of many kids, you can’t get that,” said Holden.
And Murray calls this event a great deal all around because it reminds her of how important and satisfying giving back can be.
“Anybody thinking about fostering, I would say just to jump in with both feet. It’s so rewarding,” Murray stated.
The event lasts until 7 p.m. this evening and will continue tomorrow (Sept. 29) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.