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Have you Heard of the Pass Along Project?  You Should.

Being a kid, shoes were really important to me. I wanted the coolest pair of kicks on the planet, but my parents did not have the means to provide me with the coolest shoes.  Now imagine you are placed in the foster care system.  As a kid, landing in the foster care system and getting placed with a family usually means you have experienced some type of trauma.  You are probably arriving at your foster family’s house with the clothes you have on and nothing else.  It makes me feel guilty for wanting fancy shoes as a kid when so many kids have virtually nothing.

 

There is Help

 

I came across this organization called the “Pass Along Project.”  It’s an amazing cause if you have some gently used clothing.  What they do is take in gently used coats, hats, shoes, clothes and put together about a week’s worth of clothing, and totally outfit a child newly placed in a foster family.  That takes the stress of the foster family of how to provide a new wardrobe for the child they are helping.  In addition to that, it takes the stress of the child, who has probably been through a rough time and the last thing they want is to go shopping.

 

Drop Off or Donate Funds

 

You can either drop off at numerous locations in New Hampshire or donate funds on their website.  They have many locations in the seacoast area.  My kids quickly outgrew their clothes and I wish I would have known about an organization such as Pass Along Project to make sure their clothes went to those that were really in need.  It was the brainchild of the founder Lynette Kaichen, who became a foster mother herself and wanted to help others that choose this path.  What a great idea.  For drop-off locations, check out their website. Thepassalongproject.com

 

 

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