mclainkids-pillows3Caring individuals approach Utah Foster Care (UFC) at this time of year, with a desire to support children in foster care. Donations of quilts, backpacks, bedding, books and holiday gifts flood our offices because of generous, caring individuals who took ornaments from our Giving Trees statewide.

If you’d still like to help, we are always in need of gift cards for children and teens placed in foster care close to the holidays. Call us at (877) 505-5437 to find out where to drop them off.

Here is our “wish list” for other ways that you can help kids in foster care the MOST:

  • Give a gift to our Wishing Well Fund – Holiday giving is great, but as you know, children in foster care have year-round needs. A donation to our Wishing Well Fund at donate.utahfostercare.org/ can help grant special wishes to the children to “normalize” their lives.
  • Sign up for Amazon Smile and choose UFC as your charity. UFC will benefit from every purchase you make. Even if you have a prime account, login in through www.smile.amazon.com and choose our charity 87-0619181, Every time you login through smile.amazon.com, UFC and subsequently, kids in care will benefit.
  • Take a Tour! Twice a month, Utah Foster Care hosts a “Journey with Utah Foster Care” tour to introduce the community to UFC, its mission and purpose. See my contact information below.
  • Giving Tuesday November 29th – Make a donation by visiting: https://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Utahfostercare.
  • Company Gifts – Major Drilling, based in West Valley, presented Utah Foster Care with a giant check in October, gifting the proceeds of a golf tournament to benefit children in care. Sorenson Legacy Foundation and Utah Families Foundation have also contributed generously this year. Other companies match employees’ monthly pledges, doubling the impact on children.
  • Smith’s – Planning holiday meals and a get-together? Shop at Smiths and link your Smiths Rewards card to UFC.

You probably aren’t surprised to know that many children in foster care fear they’ll be forgotten at Christmas because they are not home with their biological families. Holidays can trigger painful or traumatic memories for them, or they may have no holiday memories at all.

I’ve witnessed many beautiful gestures from truly selfless individuals and foundations and I’m grateful for my front-row seat. It especially helps drown out the “buy, buy, buy” noise and makes me thankful to be part of the wonderful community of foster families.

Cheers,

Debbie

debbie.hofhines@utahfostercare.org   (801) 783-4004