Girl Donates Birthday Money to Purchase Toys for Foster Kids

What a generous little girl! Last year, she and her family helped at Friends of Foster Kids and it truly touched her heart. It made such an impression on  her that she took the money she received for her birthday and bought toys for the foster kids! A special thank you to our special angels for your donations.

FOFK provides Christmas for foster children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or shelters. FOFK fulfills each child’s wish list with new items wrapped with care and then works to ensure timely delivery for Christmas.

If you would like to find out how you can make a difference in the life of a foster child at Christmas, please contact us at info@friendsoffosterkids.org and stay connected with us year round on social media, Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook!

FRIENDS OF FOSTER KIDS APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

A Note from the Founder:

Spirit of Christmas! “Thirteen fifty three”

For 2016, we are excited to report, over thirteen hundred fifty three foster children felt the impact of your generosity and caring! It is breathtaking to realize that each and every child can believe they matter, as they receive a Christmas made especially for them, by Angels like you! Thank you…Thank you…Thank you!!!


Hats off to Grads!

In April, we kickoff our Hats off to Grads program. This program is designed to assist graduate foster kids transition into college dorm life or independent living. Imagine moving from house to house and school to school, without the love and support of a stable family environment, or reliable friends. Yet, each of these graduates had the fortitude to achieve academic success, while coping with these insurmountable odds. Recognizing their extraordinary accomplishment is paramount.

Please email us at info@friendsoffosterkids.org to sponsor a graduate’s list of needs.
Together we are changing lives…one child at a time!

Hats off to Grads Class of 2017

We kick off the program for graduates from Macomb and Oakland counties in April and then by June 9th, the collections will be sorted/ organized for a one-time distribution at their June celebration.

Sponsoring a graduate entails purchasing specific items that the graduate would need, it can vary from graduate to graduate depending if they will be going to college, starting a trade school or setting up independent living. Along with receiving a bio on the graduate you will receive their wish list stating the items they will need. Items could range from graphing calculators, bedding, mini fridges and microwaves to personal care items, household items, laundry and cleaning supplies to storage bins.

Donors can sponsor a graduate on their own or with family members, friends or group of friends! Through out the year some donors have also purchased generic items such as the storage bins and linens as they find them on sale.

Please email or call 586-307-GIFT (4438) if you can help! Angels, like you, make this important program a success!!


Events

On going:

Kroger Community Rewards – http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com

Amazon Smile – https:// smile.amazon.com

Thrivent Choice Member – FoFK can be selected with your Thrivent Choice dollars

PayPal – https:// friendsoffosterkids.org/portfolio/donate/

April:

4-27 Alex & Ani Fundraiser – Shop for a Cause

6-9pm The Mall at Partridge Creek

May:

5-1 Hats Off to Grads! kick off – Please call for a student’s wish list to fulfill. Items purchased due by June 9th

5-24 BD Mongolian BBQ – Celebrity Chefs

6-9pm Hall Rd, Sterling Heights Hosted by Central Macomb Optimist Club

5-28 Marching in the St Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade

June:

6-11 6th Annual Tom Powers Charity Classic – Castle Creek Golf Club Scramble with prizes – 8:30 checkin

October:

10-26 4th Annual Fall Fundraiser – San Marino Club – Troy

November:

11-1 Spirit of Christmas Program

Sponsor a Christmas for a foster child. Be one of Santa’s Angels!


Download a PDF of the Friends of Foster Kids April Newsletter 2017 APRIL Newsletter, and email info@friendsoffosterkids.org to receive the newsletter to your email inbox.

Friends of Foster Kids August 2016 Newsletter

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A Note from the Founder:

Being our inaugural Newsletter, I felt it only fitting that we begin by expressing our sincere “Gratitude” for your continued

support. We recognize that you, our donors, are the life blood of this organization. It is through your caring, commitment and

generosity that ensures the success of this program. You truly are Angels!

Looking back through the years I’ve watched this organization grow. Helping us to spread the word, you are making smiles happen and bringing joy into the lives of our local foster children. Witnessing the love that passes from our donors, showing a child they do matter, speaks volumes. Together we are able to impact the lives of so many of our local foster children.

Currently we are wrapping up our Hats Off to Grads Program, providing our foster children with the tools and necessities they need to set up for living independently and beginning their college life. Without the support of a family, we can always count on you to step in.

Together we are changing lives…one child at a time!


Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others ~ Pablo


College Program-Hats off to Grads Program

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Donations of linens and personal items help every student!

In mid-June we kicked off our college program for 30+ college students from Macomb and Oakland counties.

This college program is an annual program that runs to mid July. Then collections are sorted/organized for a one-time distribution in time for the student to leave for college in August.

Sponsoring a student entails purchasing specific items that the college student would need to start their college year, it can vary from student to student. Each student fills out a wish list stating the items they will need from graphing calculators, bedding, mini refrigerators and microwaves to personal care items, laundry and cleaning supplies to storage bins.

Angels, like you, make this important program a success!!


EVENTS

Ongoing – Kroger Community Rewards – www.krogercommunityrewards.com

Ongoing – Amazon Smile – https://smile.amazon.com

Ongoing – Thrivent Choice Member – FoFK can be selected with your Thrivent Choice dollars

6-14-2016 > 8-2016  – College Program

9-15-2016 – Spirit of Christmas Program Kick off

10-27-2016 – 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner – Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights

11-18-2016  – G.S.G. Roaring 20’s Fundraising Dinner Dance – Fernhill Golf Club, Clinton Township


Download a PDF of the Friends of Foster Kids August 2016 Newsletter HERE, and email info@friendsoffosterkids.org to receive the newsletter to your email inbox.

Shelving Inc Celebrates #GivingTuesday At Friends Of Foster Kids

Shelving Inc Celebrates #GivingTuesday At Friends Of Foster Kids

Originally Published by The Shelving Guy Blog –December 1, 2015

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Since 2007, Friends of Foster Kids has donated over 10,000 presents each holiday season to children who are in foster care, and in need. The charity was founded by Theresa Toia, who’s daughter Jessica is a caseworker for foster children in Macomb County, Michigan. Jessica expressed concern to her mother when her entire caseload of children were not receiving a Christmas for the second year in a row due to the recession, and most had never experienced a Christmas at all. Theresa immediately wanted to find a way to help, and teamed up with her friends to start the charity and begin receiving wishlists from foster kids all over Southeast Michigan.

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Solely through donations and volunteering, Friends of Foster Kids has annually helped an estimated 1,000 foster kids each holiday season. While many are infants and children, FoFK has also reached out to teenagers and young adults who have lived their life in foster care and are still struggling to find a place to live and afford everyday essentials.

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Caseworkers work with the kids to carefully craft wishlists of three or four presents they’d like the most. Through the goodness of their hearts, volunteers pick up a list and seek out as many presents as they can. Then, the presents are brought to FoFK where volunteers carefully wrap each present and add extra essentials to their stockings like blankets, coats, handmade scarves and more.

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Mike Schodowski, our Vice President of Sales, met Theresa earlier this year and was moved after learning about the charity and why she started it. He asked how he could help, and Shelving Inc donated 25 rivet shelving units to store donations and presents at the Friends of Foster Kids headquarters. Theresa was extremely grateful and said keeping everything organized and easy-to-find has been incredibly helpful.

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If you’d like to help a foster child in need, volunteer or donate please contact Friends of Foster Kids. They accept donations year-round and try to help just as often, too. Celebrate #GivingTuesday by giving back, too!

Bringing Christmas to those who need it

Bringing Christmas to those who need it

Group makes sure kids in foster care receive presents

Originally published in C & G Newspapers – November 3, 2014

BY: Sarah Wojcik

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The nonprofit group Friends of Foster Kids is looking for volunteers to “adopt” a foster child or two this Christmas by sponsoring their wish lists, wrapping presents, donating or just lending a helping hand where needed.

With about 769 foster children in the Macomb County system and 181 licensed foster homes, Friends of Foster Kids Director Theresa Toia said many children shuffle through temporary foster homes, shelters and group homes, and receive little to nothing for Christmas.

“They’re placed all over, as far out as Saginaw and Kalamazoo, so all of the local foster children are not only removed from their families and everything they know in this world, but now they’re removed from their friends from school, and that’s the sadness of it,” Toia said.

She said many foster kids have few material possessions and that some have never experienced a “proper” Christmas before, so they don’t know what to ask for. She said foster care workers work with their caseloads to identify three or four items they would like and also include the kids’ interests and passions.

“They are victims of abuse and neglect,” Toia said. “They did nothing wrong to be in this situation, and most people forget that.”

Since beginning Friends of Foster Kids in 2007 as a grassroots operation out of her Shelby Township basement after being inspired by her daughter’s caseload of foster kids receiving nothing for Christmas, Toia said the organization has grown exponentially.

She estimated that hundreds of volunteers help about 1,000 foster children each Christmas.

Kristine Powers, the volunteer coordinator with Friends of Foster Kids, said she has been on board since the operation established its roots and that most of the expansion spread through word-of-mouth.

“It’s a really great feeling (to help these kids),” she said. “So many of us have kids of our own. I can’t imagine what these kids have been through.”

Powers said that from Dec. 3-17, Friends of Foster Kids is looking for volunteers to wrap presents at the Foam Factory, located at 23 Mile and Romeo Plank roads in Macomb Township, in two-hour shifts from noon-8 p.m. weekdays and from noon-6 p.m. Saturdays.

To find out more information about Friends of Foster Kids or upcoming fundraisers, visitwww.friendsoffosterkids.org. To get involved with volunteering or assisting financially, email fofkvolunteer@gmail.com.