Robert W. Craft, general counsel for the Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA), paid Lutheran Social Services’ Austin headquarters a visit March 12th, to present a check to purchase clothes for the children LSS serves in foster care and residential treatment. The check, in the amount of $259,200, is half the annual sum BFA granted to LSS for 2014 kids’ clothing expenses; a second check for the other half will be distributed in August 2014 for back-to-school clothing/shopping.
Each of the approximately 1,728 children LSS serves annually will receive a stipend of $150 twice a year, to spend on new clothing that they select themselves, with assistance from their grateful foster parents or supervisors. “This is so exciting and important for the children to be able to select their own clothes—and for so many of them these are the only NEW clothes they have ever had,” said Betsy Guthrie, president and chief operations officer of LSS. Robert Craft reaffirmed this point and added, “For children, and especially teens, who have gone without for their entire lives, it’s such a boost to their self-esteem to dress in new clothes and better fit in with their peers.”
Mr. Craft remarked that Wayne A. Reaud, Chair of the BFA Board, encourages everyone at the Beaumont Foundation to follow the biblical outreach as depicted in Matthew 25:35-40: “For I was hungry and you gave me food … I was naked and you clothed me …” Since its creation in 2001, BFA has provided grants and scholarships to a broad range of nonprofit organizations across the United States. As stated in their mission: The Beaumont Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives and enhancing the futures of less fortunate children and youth, families and the elderly with a focus on improving education, health care and social services.
LSS is delighted and forever grateful to be one of the fortunate recipients.