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Foster Children Receive Special Gifts for the Holidays
By: EAC Network
Children in foster care have few belongings and often carry what little they possess in garbage bags. EAC Network sees the heartbreaking circumstances of these children in our Chance to Advance and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs, which reduce risk factors for youth in foster care by providing mentors and educational activities.
Luckily, Francine E. Love of Love Law Firm and three young women from Stony Brook University refused to let this continue. Together, they collected donations and packed almost 100 duffel bags that were delivered to EAC Network's Hauppauge location, where the children picked out their special gift.
"Children should not have to arrive at a new home with lemon-scented clothing because they had to carry their belongings in a kitchen trash bag," said Love. "I wanted these children in foster care to know that they were worth far more than that to us. Simple items can bring dignity and having even a duffel bag to call your own can bring comfort when you are not at home."
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