FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Many, First Time for New Clothes
AUSTIN, Texas – (April 3, 2014) – The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA) has donated $518,400 in 2014 to Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS) to be used for the purchase of new clothing for children in LSS foster care and residential treatment.
Robert W. Craft, general counsel for BFA, delivered the first installment of the 2014 donation in the amount of $259,200. The second installment for the remainder of the donation will be presented to LSS in August 2014 for the children’s back-to-school shopping.
“The Beaumont Foundation is honored to be able to provide something special and unique for kids in foster care,” said Craft. “We make this contribution in the spirit of Matthew 25:35-40: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food…I was naked and you clothed me…’ Every child deserves to feel special and loved and we hope this gift brightens their lives.”
BFA’s 2014 donation to LSS is the seventh annual gift to the organization for its foster and residential treatment care for children, including nearly $2.1 million over the past five years.
Each of the approximately 1,728 children LSS serves annually in Texas 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. Without any other funds of their own, many of the children have never been able to purchase new clothing, having instead worn hand-me-downs and donated apparel throughout their lives.
“We are deeply grateful to the Beaumont Foundation for their thoughtful and heartfelt contribution to the children we serve who have so little of their own,” said Evan Moilan, Chief Development Officer for LSS. “For these foster children and teens, having something uniquely theirs is meaningful and important. We extend our sincere thanks to the Beaumont Foundation for making a lot of happy moments possible for our kids.”
In 2013, the state of Texas placed 30,740 children in foster care. An additional 6,581 children were classified as “waiting for adoption,” meaning they were legally available for adoption, but had yet to find homes. LSS has served more than 40,000 children since 1999 as the state’s largest provider of children’s residential care.
About Lutheran Social Services of the South
Lutheran Social Services of the South is committed to ending multi-generation child abuse in Texas through innovative children’s services, including foster care, adoption and residential treatment. LSS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit organization that currently serves more than 32,000 individuals in need annually, including children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and those affected by disasters in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
About the Beaumont Foundation
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. Since its creation in 2001, BFA has provided grants and scholarships to a broad range of nonprofit organizations across the United States, including LSS.
[Photo caption: Robert Craft (center), general counsel for the Beaumont Foundation of America, presents a check to (left to right): Evan Moilan, chief development officer, Betsy Guthrie, president and COO, and grants director Abby Cochran.]
Contact: Brenden Scott, Director of Communications, Lutheran Social Services 512-706-7504; [email protected]