EMMAUS, Pa. – “These are the issues kids will want proper now,” Jenae Holtzhafer stated as she confirmed off a rack of spring coats and a rain jacket.
Holtzhafer is with the Emmaus-based Kindness Undertaking.
“Now we have merchandise for various form of pores and skin, and completely different sorts of hair as effectively,” she confirmed after opening a closet door stuffed with bathtub and hygiene merchandise.
It is her present of assist for foster care households. From garments to basic video games and every thing in between, the Kindness Undertaking closet is wearing donated items free for foster care households.
“The system is turning into flooded so we have to assist households who’re capable of take these kids in,” she stated.
The venture began within the fall of 2016 at Holtzhafer’s eating room desk. It now helps 1,000 youngsters in 20 counties.
“When kids are available in right here it is simply thoughts blowing to them, they’ll decide one thing new they usually do not need to pay for it. We speak about folks being actually type,” she stated whereas displaying me the brand new and donated garments.
290 new youngsters got here in 2021.
“Many occasions, we’re sitting down for dinner they usually’d name us and say we have now these youngsters sitting in our ready room, would you guys be keen to select them up? There may be simply no manner so that you can put together,” stated Liz Johnson.
The Stroudsburg-based Johnson and household have housed 32 foster care youngsters within the final 10 years. She says emotional transitions would have been simpler to deal with if this is able to have been round after they began.
“It is enormous as a result of then you’ll be able to simply deal with what the children want and strolling them by means of the grief of being away from their household,” she stated.
Lehigh Valley households are fostering a neighborhood of assist because the Kindness Undertaking’s current Easter basket fundraiser doubled its aim of 150 baskets.
“The neighborhood is the only real cause we’re right here,” Holtzhafer stated.