Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment event donates unsold items to local foster families

The change came after seeing a need in the community, realizing the pandemic was making it harder on many local families

JOPLIN, Mo. – Karissa Kyger took on three foster kids in addition to her own child, growing her family in order to keep the siblings together.

“I became a foster parent because my sisters kids got put in DFS custody, and they all want to be able to stay apart of their lives so I became a foster parent so I could have them.”

Being a foster parent can get pretty expensive, and with cold weather creeping in, she’s sifting through racks at the Rhea Lana’s Children Consignment event to get all her kids winter-ready.

“It’s really beneficial, especially when you have kids in school and you got four kids, it definitely helps out in the pocket book.”

Officials running the event, on its last day, did something new this year. Consignors donated their unsold items to local foster families to shop through, free of charge.

“I was a foster child myself and I don’t remember anything like this as a kid” added Kyger.

“We had about, I think 500 consignors and 30 percent of them donated their unsold items and so I think we estimated we had around 9,000 donated items for foster families to choose from” said Owner of Rhea Lana’s Joplin, Sherrie Mitchell.

The change came after seeing a need in the community, realizing the pandemic was making it harder on many local families.

“Some of these foster families have been laid off or furloughed, so their income has been impacted significantly. So if it weren’t for this, they would be really limited and have to rely organizations that are really tapped out right now” added Mitchell.

Any items left over will go to local organizations.

“It tugs at your heartstrings and it makes all the work that we’ve done over the past two weeks’ worth it, because we see how this is impacting our community” said Mitchell.

Kyger says her kids will be impacted by the community support through this event.

“It will show that our community actually cares for them and opens doors for other opportunities.”