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The other side of Christmas.
Where few have the heart to go.
Please be one of the few.
When you think of doing a good deed and shopping for a foster child for Christmas what do you think of…. Teddy bears, dresses, and toys? Do you envision the cute little smile on the face of a child who still believes in Santa? It’s a lot of fun to know your gift will make a child’s Christmas Morning.
I’d like to introduce you to Levi, a 15-year-old boy who is tall, lanky and has a head full of beautiful red hair that any woman would love to have. Levi was admitted to a group foster home in February of 2016 and was not very happy to be there. Levi had been removed from his adoptive mother and father after it was discovered that he was suffering from a significant amount of violence, abuse and intimidation within the home. As of now, his adoptive father remains in prison and his adoptive mother is in hiding, neither able to care for Levi. Again, Levi is without parents. Levi first entered foster care system when he was removed from his biological mother who struggled with substance abuse issues. She passed away while Levi was living in the foster care system.
Levi does not know much about his biological father and recently announced to a judge that he would prefer if his biological father’s rights were terminated, “since he has never been here to take care of me anyway.” Heartbreakingly, Levi’s request for termination of his father’s parental rights was to open the door to the possibility of him being adopted. The sad truth is at 15 being adopted is not as easy as when a child is younger. No matter what happens they lovingly remind him that the group home will always be his family. Over time and with much therapy Levi began to address the fear, anxiety, sadness, loneliness and uncertainty that he was feeling and is much happier living in the group home.
Levi’s story is just one out of 24 adolescent boys served by HomeSafe’s Behavioral Health Overlay Services Group Home in Palm Beach County.
This Christmas Kindness Shared is committed to making sure all 24 of the boys at HomeSafe are remembered on Christmas morning. While the little ones in foster homes are receiving an abundance of cute gifts we want to show the same love to the teens, who quite frankly may not be as much fun to shop for, but are certainly as important. With your help, we can prove to them that they matter, they are loved and our Kindness will create Happiness for them.
Kindness Shared will provide Tags to put on your Christmas Gift Tree with gift wishes from these teenage boys. Please note - Most likely there will be a lot of tags asking for gift cards. Are you willing to go there? To pass up the cute little kid toys for and shop for the most forgotten group?
For your donation of $15
we will send you a Teddy Bear
as a thank you for your donation
we will send a Teddy Bear to a child in need.
*Sizes & styles may vary due to stock.
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2017 Summer Project