A black plastic trash bag. In 15 years of working with foster care, this is the most commonly used way that Kelly Brooks, our Foster Care Initiative Coordinator, saw children carry their few worldly possessions when they are removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Most children who enter foster care have very little to call their own. Many times they enter a new home with literally the dirty clothes on their back and nothing else.
Over the last year, Chosen for Life has strived to serve these precious children by recruiting and training volunteers to support the foster families and, in turn, the foster children. However, we also desire to show love and hope directly to these precious children whose lives are currently filled with much brokenness and fear. As we prayed about it, we were brought back to the same thought – these kids have almost no power or control over anything. They often have few or no possessions of their own. We decided we wanted to give them something special to remind them that they and their name matter.
When Kelly and her husband received their first foster placement, her sweet mother brought each child a monogrammed towel and pillowcase. She realized this was the perfect gift for a new foster placement! It gave these little ones something personalized that they use often, hold close to them, and can truly call their own. This is the inspiration behind Chosen for Life’s decision to offer the same gift of a personalized towel, pillowcase, and duffel bag to each foster child living in a home that we support with a team.
If you would like to join us in this mission by helping purchase pillowcases, towels, and duffle bags, please send a check to Chosen for Life Ministries with “My Name Matters” in the memo line, or donate online and call or email us to let us know your gift was intended for the My Name Matters gifts.
Chosen for Life Ministries is currently only providing My Name Matters gift sets to Clarke and Oconee County families being served by a CFLM Foster Care Support Team. Fill out the form below if you are registering a new foster child for a My Name Matters gift set.