I have two children and with both of them I had a baby shower to help get everything I needed for my littles and let my family and friends show their love for them as well. One of my best friend’s Lea recently became approved to be a foster mom and she’s been collecting all these toys and clothes from everyone she knows in an effort to help her foster kids in North Florida. And it dawned on me, why can’t she have a baby shower too? Her friends and family love her and want to share in this moment and help her and her husband create as prepared a home as they can.
Foster kids arrive at the foster homes typically in the middle of the night night with no clothes, diapers, toys or anything. So the foster parents must quickly get everything together so these kids can try to function normally.
On Beach Blvd, there’s a non-profit called Foster Closet that takes in gently used and new items to help the foster parents since 2009. They are in constant need of items and are a great resource for foster parents. But it’s also helpful for parents to have items on hand. Especially when some live all the way across town and making it to the Beach may not be possible in a timely manner.
Last year there were 1,500 kids in foster care in Northeast Florida and only 300 foster families.
Kids without homes have always held a soft spot in my heart and I have done photoshoots for many of them over the last couple of years in hopes of helping them find new homes.
And right now, to help support Lea as well as Foster Closet, we are doing a drive for donations (clothes can’t have stains) either through items children of all ages need, or gift cards.
Items may be dropped off at:
Christy Whitehead Photography
514 Chaffee Point Blvd #9
Jacksonville, Fl 32221
I’m located right off of I-10, 10 minutes from downtown, in the same parking lot as Cracker Barrel. Please call to make sure I’m in the office before you come by! 904-891-0359.
Or if you live closer to the Beach, give directly to Foster Closet: 8307 Beach Blvd / Jacksonville, FL 32216 / (904) 629-2116
They also need furniture (please bring directly to Foster Closet) like dinettes, for teenage foster kids who are leaving the system and trying to set up homes.
We created a Facebook Event page for our drive. You can find it here.
Have your church group help!
If you work with foster children, my studio provides free updated photos to foster kids seeking adoption. Please contact me to schedule an appointment. (If you are adopting a foster child, please contact me for special package options.)