Raising Hope

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Did you know that every two minutes a child is removed from his or her home due being abused or neglected? Due to the danger to the child, swift removal is necessary to protect them. This means removals often happen on holidays, weekends, and even in the middle of the night. Can you imagine how frightening and confusing this would be?

A Trash Bag Should NEVER be a Child’s Suitcase

Kids do not ask to come into the foster care system; they are brought there as victims. Kids entering foster care often have only the clothes on their backs, seldom have a toothbrush, and carry the few belongings they have in a trash bag. The process can be very traumatic and leave them feeling less than human as their belongings are treated like garbage.  Providing these children with hope and dignity is essential to their ability to heal.

How Does the Program Work?

Eckerd Raising Hope provides emergency and comfort items for kids entering the foster care system.

Rooms of Hope are set up like small stores and are filled with fresh clothing, pajamas, shoes, hygiene items, diapers, school supplies and other necessities. The kids come in and are able to “no-cost shop” for the items they not only need, but deserve. Every child is able to receive a new duffel bag for their belongings—no more trash bags!

Kids are able to have items to call their own when everything they have has been lost … plus they are able to retain their dignity and have hope during a very traumatic time in their lives.

Become a Hope Raiser

Hope Raisers provide items and cash donations that without Raising Hope could not exist. Donate online today, or drop off children’s clothing, baby supplies and other necessities to any of our Rooms of Hope Locations.
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