how we give

Our goal is to provide Oregon children with art and craft experiences that encourage self-expression, boost self-esteem, and create moments of bonding during difficult times: the transition into foster care, an extended stay in the hospital, or a counseling session at school, to name a few.

Volunteers in Portland, Oregon help us assemble more than 1,000 kits each year, which typically feature 2-3 crafts and a game or seasonal activity. To distribute these kits, we've partnered with:

  • With Love, an incredible resource that supports foster families with the necessities needed to care for children ages 0-6

  • The Family Room, which provides a homelike visitation setting for children living in foster care and their birth parents

  • Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, one of America’s leading children’s hospitals, offering the broadest range of pediatric treatments in the region

  • Beaverton School District. Counselors in low-income elementary schools use our craft kits in sessions with kids who are having trouble in school and/or at home.

  • Trash for Peace, which partners with affordable housing communities to provide weekly hands-on activities that engage students in the concept of sustainability

  • Sunshine Division, which provides emergency food and clothing relief to families and individuals in need. Our craft kits are distributed to families who come through the pantry and clothing room.

  • Latino Network, whose programs for Latino youth and families help improve community livability, foster civic participation, and prepare for educational and life success

  • Boys & Girls Clubs, a national nonprofit that aims to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens

 

If you are a foster parent and currently have a child in your care between the ages of 3 and 8, you qualify for a free craft kit. We’ll even pay for shipping.


 
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“You’re reminding these kids that they haven’t been forgotten.”

The one thing that I truly believe in for all kids, especially traumatized children, is that time spent with adults doing constructive, creative things makes the biggest impact in their growth. Your donations to foster kids and underserved kids in your community goes so much farther than you even realize. You’re reminding these kids that they haven’t been forgotten, but that people care and are thinking of them. That’s huge. —Jenna Krueger, foster mother from Oak Harbor, Washington


 

We want your help!

Interested in assembling craft kits for kids in need in Portland, Oregon? Complete this form and we’ll send you an email when it’s time to sign up for the next packing party. Thank you for your generosity and support!

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