For the 3rd year in a row, The Finish Line and their wonderful staff at South County Mall opened their doors to Angels’ Arms foster families for a private shopping experience on Sunday, January 17.
When kids enter our nonprofit, many of them have little to no clothing of their own. Heather Jones, President of the Angels’ arms Junior Board and a dedicated volunteer, believes that the shoes this event provides “not only represent something that is
truly theirs, but it also shows them that people out there care about them and their well-being.”
Because of our promise to keep siblings together in a safe, stable family environment, many parents that foster through Angels’ Arms have up to six children in their home at once, thus resulting in sticking to a tight budget.
Each household only receives an average of $15 per child per month from the state, so an expense such as new, brand name shoes is a luxury that many foster families cannot afford.
One of our foster moms, Katie Brown said, “It’s not very often someone says to a foster kiddo,’ Pick out whatever shoes you want, brand new, any brand, any color, it’s all up to you!’… The excitement lasts much longer than just the shopping experience. There’s always a level of happiness and joy about wearing their new shoes to school.”
Angels’ Arms firmly believes in allowing foster children to be children, and it was through the generosity of our community and donations collected on Giving Tuesday, that allowed us to provided all 65 of our kids with a brand new pair of shoes.
THANK YOU for making the 2016 New Kicks for Foster Kids such a resounding success!