By Deborah Lindner
Communications Manager, Utah Foster Care
The holidays are a fun and inspiring season to be working for Utah Foster Care!
Every day, at our office in Murray, I see families, individuals and businesses bringing in specific gifts that children in foster care have requested this Christmas. They are generous, kind people like Katie Bradshaw, who has been fulfilling Giving Tree wishes for several years.
Meanwhile, our staff member in Price, Kobi Prettyman, is up here for a meeting. She brought photos from last night’s Christmas Pajama Party for foster families and case workers in Carbon and Emery Counties. Yes, there are children in foster care in rural Utah too!
One hundred people received a hearty chicken dinner, a visit from Santa, and presents at what has become an annual event during the holidays. Everything was donated by the Price Kiwanis Club and Eastern Utah Community Credit Union. The credit union employees even served dinner!
“We value the difference these foster families make in the lives of children from our own communities,” says Kobi, a foster and adoptive parent herself. “Sometimes, children in foster care have never received gifts or celebrated Christmas. This party brightens their holidays and helps them feel like any other child at this magical time of year.”
“We are so grateful to the Kiwanis Club for their generosity in funding the party and gifts, and to the Eastern Utah Community Credit Union for providing and serving a delicious meal to deserving families.”
Stay tuned for more stories of kindness.