Last week, many of you stopped by one of our four Welcome Box drop-off sites and donated bags of toiletries, art supplies, toys, and snacks for kids entering foster care. Some of you even gave finished boxes packed with fantastic items. Thank you!
We added your donations to some large donations from local churches and bulging bags from other individuals. By the time everything was gathered into one place, we had small mountains covering five different tables.
A bunch of my friends got together on Friday, sorting and organizing these items into finished Welcome Boxes. Many of our children jumped in, filling boxes right alongside their moms. This easily doubles the time and triples the noise, but it is also my favorite part of the morning. I loved watching them stack their finished boxes on the kitchen counter, proudly saying something like, “This is my third box! I filled it with things I would like!”
Grand total: 191 boxes!
These finished boxes have been delivered to our Welcome Box coordinator, who will deliver them to DHS offices in the Portland-metro area in the coming weeks. Caseworkers will hand these boxes to kids entering care, something special to hang onto during a traumatic time in their lives.
To the FLNW reader who donated several finished Welcome Boxes at the SW Portland drop site, you are awesome. I got all choked up just reading this and seeing the care that went into the boxes you packed.
Thanks to my amazing friends and generous individuals like you in our community, we have assembled and delivered a total of 275 Welcome Boxes during 3 different Welcome Box Parties. Go here for more information on organizing your own Welcome Box Party.
Remember, there is an ongoing need for Welcome Boxes for kids entering foster care. Go here for all the details on assembling and dropping off finished boxes.
Thanks again for your donations!
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