Please visit us at our new home:
Three kids, siblings, ages 4, 8, and 13, taken from their familiar home.
They arrive at the DHS office and, because Oregon is in desperate need of 884 NEW foster families, these kids will wait for hours to be taken to one of the too-few foster homes in Portland.
They're scared, they're hungry, they don't know if they'll be able to stay together.
"Do what you can with what you have where you are." -Theodore Roosevelt
Not everyone can be a foster parent, so my friends at Bread & Wine, along with other faith communities in PDX, are working with Embrace Oregon to put together "Welcome Boxes" that these scared, confused kids will be given.
The government doesn't pay for these boxes.
Regular people do.
People just like you.
People just like me.
They contain age-appropriate toys, books, hygiene items, and snacks for the kids to take with them to the foster home.
... But no one wants to make boxes for 13-17 year olds.
Those boxes aren't as much fun or as easy to shop for.
My friends have decided to make the boxes for this forgotten and unappreciated age group so that the feeling of being unloved and unimportant will not be reaffirmed for these kids.
BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED.
A kind and generous friend left two huge boxes of supplies for the Welcome Boxes on Linda's porch.
Linda would be home shortly to retrieve them, would lovingly place the items in each of the shoe box sized containers as she prayed for each of the kids who would receive the boxes, and would then personally deliver the packages to the DHS office.
But when she arrived home, she found that the boxes left on the her porch for the children had been stolen.
Our God is just, and I am made in His image.
So when I hear about an injustice against orphans, my heart rises up inside of me and I want to cry out against it!
We're praying for the person who unknowingly stole food from orphans.
And I hope that God will use their sin to turn their heart towards Himself.
In the meantime, Linda is left to re-collect the items needed to complete the boxes for the 13-17 year olds.
This woman has such a heart for these kids and refuses to let them be forgotten or feel unloved. God bless her.
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." James 1:27
I've had a few people ask how they can help.
If you'd like to contribute, Linda says that flashlights are needed.
If you'd like to put a box together yourself, click HERE for the How To Brochure and we can arrange to pick up your completed box from you.
Thank you for your willingness to serve these kids!
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