Love Inc. Foster Care Supply Closet opens
“The foster supply closet came about as we were surveying adoptive families, kinship families, and foster families throughout the region and discovered that there are a lot of essential items that are needed when a placement is given, or even when a kiddo goes home to mom and dad,” said Katy Kinnan, Fountain Springs Church Director of Community and Care. “We wanted to be able to bridge that need and support not only the families and children but also places like the Department of Social Services and other organizations that are involved just to help provide for essentials to for them to have one less thing that they have to think about.”
Each year more than 1,300 children are in foster care in South Dakota. Over 400 of them are in Pennington County. They are placed with caregivers in foster homes or kinship homes. Kinship homes are family members who have stepped up to care for their relative’s children. Many of these families are operating on a limited budget and find it hard to provide items beyond basic care. Many children arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
The Foster Care Supply Closet helps fill that need in those emergency or transition moments through community donations. They are accepting donations of new and gently used clothing for infants up to size 10/12, new pajamas and undergarments, new hygiene items, backpacks, school supplies, and drive-thru restaurant and clothing gift cards in the amount of $25.
“We provide meals and gift cards for meals as well as care items. For the older kiddos, we try to do gift cards because we know that they prefer to shop on their own. So every kid gets a little stuffed animal that they can just love and take with them wherever they go,” said Kinnan. “We are very excited to be able to serve and support even more families throughout the region.”
They do not accept toys, shoes, books, swimwear, stuffed animals, furniture, bedding or play equipment at this time due to a lack of storage.
Donations can be dropped off at their location at Love Inc. at 14 E Omaha St. in Rapid City. You can also donate online at www.fs.church/compassion.
Foster families in need of essentials can schedule an appointment by calling 605-718-7683 or by email at email@example.com.