Ocean State Job Lot has donated the use of a vacant storefront at 50 Ann Mary Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 for the organization of thousands of toys, gift cards and winter clothing that will be distributed to hundreds of foster families on December 11th from 9am 9pm. Foster parents are instructed to bring proof of placement and will receive one toy for every child aged 12 and under and a $25 gift card for each teen.
As part of this program, Hasbro, Inc. will donate a toy or game for each child under the age of 12 receiving assistance from DCYF, while The Providence Journal Co. will raise funds to purchase hats and mittens from long-time partner, Ocean State Job Lot, for these children.
Dr. Janice DeFrances, DCYF Director, has sent out a personal letter to over 15,000 state employees asking them to help in the following ways:
1) A financial donation payable to Foster Forward and sent to the Holiday Gifts for Teens Campaign, 55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914.
2) Adopt one or more adolescents living in a group home and fulfill their wish lists. Volunteers will be matched with a group home that will provide their ages, interests and wish lists. Contact Beamer Aston at (401) 438-3900 x122 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Last year, over $60,000 was raised to help more than 400 children and youth in foster care.
About Foster Forward
Foster Forward is funded in part by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families and is proud to manage this campaign on behalf of all children and teens in DCYF care and their families.
Foster Forward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children, young adults, and families whose lives have been impacted by foster care. Through a wide range of innovative programs and services, Foster Forward prepares foster children and teens to live independently and empowers them to become successful adults. Foster Forward assists foster families as they navigate the child welfare system and manage the health and well-being of children in their care. And, Foster Forward implements data-driven practices to improve outcomes for clientsand for foster children and families nationwide.