Blankets for Foster Children
$430 raised
9% of $4.8k goal
11 contributors
3 Years running
As many of you know, foster children hold a special place in my heart.  My parents fostered my little brother for three years before they had the opportunity to adopt him.  Although my family's story ended with a "happily ever after", ...

As many of you know, foster children hold a special place in my heart.  My parents fostered my little brother for three years before they had the opportunity to adopt him.  Although my family's story ended with a "happily ever after", many foster children's experiences are worse than we could even begin to imagine.

Recently, I connected with a woman/adoptive Mom who works at Beech Brook - a behavioral health agency serving Northeast Ohio's most vulnerable children since 1852.  Of the thousands of children Beech Brook cares for, approximately 200 stay at their residential treatment home each year.  These children are so emotionally damaged that they require out-of-home care.  Often, they have experienced unimaginable abuse and neglect, multiple placements, or other trauma that has left them with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.

Many of these children arrive at the residential home without any personal belongings.  They have no special stuffed animal to hug or security blanket to snuggle up in during this frightening life change.  By providing them with their very own "welcome" blanket, we can show them they are loved and possibly offer them a glimpse of safety and hope.

Although I am FAR from being an expert seamstress, I can find my way around a sewing machine.  I have been experimenting with making fleece blankets and I am ready to take on the challenge of making 200 blankets in a year.  I do need help though from donations to cover the cost of fabric.  It costs approximately $24 to make each blanket.

With your donation, I will sew a unique blanket on your behalf and take a photo for you to keep.  I cannot thank you enough for offering a bit of hope to a child in need.

Jane Burgett

janereidyburgett@gmail.com

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