Did you know that May is National Foster Care Month? I have teamed up with Mom It Forward and Mattress Firm to show you the easiest way you can make a difference in a foster child’s life with a simple donation. We all know how expensive it is to raise a child, some families aren’t equipped to take on a new foster child if something happens. That is where you can help.
A lot of the time when a child arrives in a new foster home, they only have the clothes on their back. They need to feel as special and important as any other child. By giving them new clothes, shoes, and even school supplies, you can really make an impact. This small gesture can make a huge difference in a child’s life. Especially when they are having to go to a new home, school, or community.
To help foster kids in your community, Mattress Firm has launched the Mattress Firm Foster Kids drive. You can head to your local Mattress Firm and donate new clothes, shoes, pajamas, or school supplies in the big red bins. This will ensure that they go to your local non-profit and be distributed to those foster children and families in need.
I wanted to help as much as I could. Being the frugal girl that I am, I was able to score some great deals on new children’s clothes so that we had a full bag to donate. I took my daughter with me to donate the clothes so that she could start to learn how important it is to help other kids who aren’t as fortunate as she is. I know she is only 2 but it is never too early to start teaching that lesson.
You can get your kids involved by donating or by helping foster kids in another way. You can enter the Kid Heroes contest to raise awareness for the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program. You can submit a photo and caption of your child making an impact on foster children on Twitter, Instagram, or directly uploading it on the Kid Heroes website.
From May 2nd-22nd, upload your photo with the hashtag #Donate4FosterKids. Share the photo with friends and family and get them to vote. The person with the most votes wins! The winning kid hero will receive a $500 Toys “R” Us gift card and a $5,000 donation to the local Mattress Firm Foster Kids nonprofit partner of the winner’s choice. This is such a fun way to get the kids involved in giving back to their community.
If you decide to donate some clothes to the drive, keep in mind that the average age of a child in foster care is 9 years old. I tried to donate items for that age range. The clothes should be new or very gently worn. You want to make the children feel special and not like they are getting hand me downs.
I know that foster kids face a lot of struggle so if I can help, even in a small way, I am all about it. I know that everyone can’t be a foster parent but everyone can make an impact on a foster child’s life.