More than 30 new foster children arrive at SOS Children's Villages - Florida each year. They step through our doors tired, sad and oftentimes carrying a lone garbage bag with their only possesions. What does this bag hold? If they are lucky there is a full change of clothes is inside.
What do new clothes and shoes mean to an SOS child?
Fitting in at school is a big deal for any child. It's even harder for a foster child. They are already worried about what other kids will say or think of them. It's even worse if they don't have any clothes or shoes that fit. When this becomes a child's main concern, the focus on learning and getting good grades is lost.
Supporting "Back to School & Ready" this year gives the boys and girls at SOS the chance to shop for school uniforms, clothes and shoes. For some them, it will even be the first time they own brand-new clothes.
How You Can Help
The SOS "Back to School and Ready" campaign is in full swing to make certain each child has school uniforms, shoes and the supplies they need this coming year. You can help this summer by making a contribution to the Village, donating school supplies and bringing together your family, friends and neighbors to collect supplies and donation for the children.
For SOS Alumnus Guynette, "Back to School and Ready" laid the academic foundation that encouraged and inspired to her earn her bachelor’s degree this past spring. Determined to continue setting an example for her siblings, she is focusing on getting a good job and completing her master’s degree. She will be the third SOS Alumnus to reach this level of education. Five SOS teens also graduated from high school this past spring. For the fourth year in a row, all new SOS graduates are continuing their education at college or trade school.
They can't do it without you. Get involved or make a gift now.