There are over 6,000 children in foster care in NZ. Many of these foster children arrive at their new placements with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and with their belongings in a black rubbish sack. No child should be made to feel like their belongings are “rubbish” and care givers should be able to focus on the emotional needs when a child arrives, rather than having to run around doing last minute/late night shopping.
Foster Hope are an amazing organisation throughout New Zealand who make up backpacks to be given to children when they are removed from their homes, with a backpack and a carry all bag containing toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo etc) and some items that will show them they are loved (books, soft toys etc).
In 2018, Therm donated over 100 jackets at a value of $5,000 to Foster Hope Christchurch and Otago, to ensure the children also had a good quality, warm, waterproof jacket for the winter. We are so happy to be continuing our work with Foster Hope and are set to make another donation in early 2019.
"Foster Hope Christchurch and Otago were both blessed with a huge pile of winter jackets from Therm last winter. The children who received them were absolutely thrilled. The quantity is way beyond what most children in care receive as clothing allowances only go so far. It was fantastic to see photos of our kids in care exploring outdoors, no matter what the weather was." -Ngarie Worsley, Foster Hope Christchurch
Head to the Foster Hope website to find out more about how you can help their organisation and the foster children they care for. https://www.fosterhope.org.nz/