"I don't walk around in flip flops everyday because I want to. They're the only shoes I have."
C.S. (a foster youth)
Many times the items that non-foster youth can get with ease our foster youth struggle simply cannot.
For example, a few years ago a young man sat in my office and I was speaking to him about going to the homecoming dance. He said to me that due to multiple placements and multiple schools during his high school career he had never been to a dance. I replied that that was all the more reason for him to go. He then informed me that the reason he would not go is that the flip flops that he wore to school every day were his only shoes, he only had a few pairs of tore up blue jeans and that he had never owned or even wore a tie. At that moment I knew something had to be done. I informed a small handful of teachers about the young man's problem and by the end of the school day enough teachers had "adopted" him that I took him on his first clothes shopping trip. The next night the young man walked into his very first school dance wearing new shoes, new slacks, a new dress shirt and even a tie. Now, graduated and working a full time job, the memory of his first dance is still something we talk about every so often. That one act of kindness meant the world to him.
You can help make things like this happen for a foster youth. Simply look through the needs and wants that the youth have posted below and help fill their list.
S.S.: 1. Boxing gloves red or black, 2. 49ers poster of Vernon Davis, 3. Sketchbook
L.P.: Hi. This is my wishlist i would like a pair of jordans size 5 1/2 or 6 in boys