Each week we tell you about a child who needs a loving home.
In Pinellas and Pasco counties alone there are three thousand children in the foster care system. Often those children are taken from their homes with only the clothes on their backs.
If they have personal items those things are usually put in a trash bag and taken away with the child. Then that child is taken to an unfamiliar place. It can be frightening and a lot for a child to manage.
But Raising Hope has been helping to ease the fears of a child who is in this situation. They provide duffel bags filled with clothes, shoes, toiletries and other essentials items for foster children.
Kim Greenleaf is the secretary of Raising Hope Inc. Their goal is to make the transition for each foster child as easy as possible. It also helps if the foster child can keep their school schedule on track.
Greenleaf says, "They got a lot of emotion running through their little minds at the time and our goal is to just take one of those away that they have to worry about and that is how do I look when in have to go to school."
She walks through the resource room at Raising Hope and shows me all of the new clothes and shoes and basic essentials that have been donated.
People have even donated school and scout uniforms.
Greenleaf says their faces light up when they realize they can go on a mini shopping spree and walk away with brand named new clothes.
But there is always a need for more donations. If you would like to know more about how to donate to Raising Hope visit their website at www.raisinghopefl.org.
Ginger Gadsden, 10 Connects