[Story by Mike Nevergall, LSS Associate Vice President, Development]
Most children who are removed from their homes and placed in foster care arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. This makes it crucial for child placement agencies like LSS-Foster in Texas (FIT) to maintain a stockpile of clothing, toys, toiletries, and other things to help make the transition into their new families run more smoothly for the kids. At the Austin FIT office, the area where these items are stored, called the “Rainbow Room,” had become a bit disorganized, like a clothing store on sale day.
A group of 10 volunteers from Triumphant Love Lutheran Church came to serve the Austin foster care program on Sunday, Sept. 8th, as part of “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday, a national day of service for congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It is estimated that as many 2,500 ELCA congregations around the country participated in this special Sunday.
Thanks to the Triumphant Love volunteers, order has been restored! The volunteers came to the office, completely emptied the room, sorted through bags, boxes, and bins of donated clothing items, re-organized the items, and re-stocked the room. Now, family social workers and foster parents will be able to easily “shop” for needed items. And as the clothing, toys, and other necessities start flying off the shelves, there will be a renewed need for new and gently used items to replenish the inventory.
Volunteers and donations are always needed in all 15 FIT offices throughout the state. Call 877-747-8110 to see how you can help, or call the location nearest you.