CHARITY BRONSON and KIM ALLEN, two foster moms from the Downriver Area, have joined forces to establish the "Downriver Foster Closet", 'a place to give critical items to families caring for the state’s most vulnerable children'. Both ladies joined us to explain the process.
From The News-Herald Newspaper:
"The state of Michigan says there are more than 13,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system, many removed from their homes for abuse and neglect and needing a safe place to stay until their home situation can be stabilized.
The Downriver Foster Closet aims to get foster families all the essentials they might need — free of charge — for children ranging from infants to teenagers up to 18 years old. There are cribs and dressers, swings and car seats, racks full of clothing, unopened formula and baby food, blankets, diapers and baby needs, bath products, toys and books. They take any new or gently used items.
Just 10 days after starting up, some 40 people had brought carloads of donations and nearly 1,000 people had reached out to help or to ask questions.
To start, the Downriver Foster Closet operates out of a simple storage unit. Two, actually, because the response has been so overwhelming to get the project off the ground. And they’ll keep renting more and more units until they can land their own space." (By Jessica Strachan For MediaNews Group)