April 2, 2012

The Forgotten Initiative April Newsletter

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Welcome to The Forgotten Initiative-Augusta County


Thank you to all who have expressed an interest in being involved with The Forgotten Initiative-Augusta County! Our local foster care community has many needs that can easily be met with a group of people with hearts such as yours!

Greg and I have begun to get to know our local foster care workers and are seeing the real needs and workload that they have. We look forward to getting to know more of the families that have willingly stepped up to meet the needs of children. We seek to support the children, the families, and the workers and we hope to do that with you!

EVENT! Sunday, April 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 The Forgotten Initiative will be hosting a get together at Shoney's in Staunton. This is to connect with those that want to be involved and hear from those that have been impacted. We will have testimonies from a very special friend that grew up in foster care and from foster parents.

Local Needs
Journey Bags: DSS has shared a need of 14 bags per month. These are bags that will be given to children as soon as they are removed from their home. Most of the time they arrive with nothing. These are very important as it gives them something to call their own and to put their things in.

To receive a list of items needed for Journey Bags, email tfi.augusta@gmail.com

Sunshine Rooms: DSS has 2 rooms that are used when children are removed from their homes and for parent meetings. This is a time that is very stressful for children and we would like to make these rooms a little brighter for them as they wait. We have been told by a former foster child how she wished she had a Sunshine Room to wait in during her times in office as a 9 yr old child.

Items needed for Sunshine Rooms:toys in good conditions such as small wooden puzzles, durable toddler toys, durable bigger kid toys, area play rug (such as the car mats), wall vinyls, glider, bookcases, and 2 changing tables.

Request a Speaker: Would you like someone to come speak to your church, Bible Study, or community group about the needs of our community? We would be glad to set something up! Email us at tfi.augusta@gmail.com or call 540-294-4849

Would you like to donate to The Forgotten Initiative for specific projects? You can make your tax deductible donations here. http://www.theforgotteninitiative.org/#donation  Just be sure to put in the comments: Augusta County

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The King will reply "Truly I tell you. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

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