On December 23, 2012, there was a "My Turn" article in our local newspaper, the Juneau Empire, written by Representative Les Gara expressing a need for foster homes. It was a well-written article and one that caught my attention. But I wasn't interested in becoming a foster parent and the article was forgotten. Fast forward to August 27, 2013, to an editorial in the Empire that also talked about the need for foster parents. Still, I was not in a position to be a foster parent.
|Our community drive where we collected backpacks and other items.|
|Lion Tom Dawson taking donations from a lady|
Lions Packs was born!
Since then, we've been diligent about checking in with OCS to see what their needs might be. When we were putting this program together, we didn't really know what to expect.... how many children would enter the program, what gender, what age, what items would give them the most comfort, etc. And it's turned out that OCS has had some growing pains as well trying to figure this out.
|Some of the toys we received.|
|Every dentist donated toothpaste, brushes, and floss|
These children didn't ask to be taken out of their homes, but they were. They weren't asked to leave their personal belongings behind. They just did. Yes, life can be unfair.... but it shouldn't be. Our children are our legacy. They deserve better. They are the innocent in all this. They deserve more.
|This what 95 backpacks look like!|
We will start this year's drive in a couple weeks. We will ask the community for help once again. I know they'll come through for us, again.
If you're interested in started a program in your area, I'd be happy to talk to you about it.