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Foster care supply drive a success

The Columbian

WASHOUGAL — Jan. 13 marked the final day of the Foster Care Supply Drive of SW Washington, a community resource project spearheaded by Jeannine Mills.

Most youth entering foster care do not have adequate personal hygiene products, properly fitted clothing, or comfort items. This project is a way for local communities to bridge that gap to mitigate the transition into foster care.

The Foster Care Supply Drive was piloted in Washougal and Camas. The donations were procured from five area businesses and one private school, sorted by age and necessity, and delivered to local social service offices and private foster care agencies to be distributed as needed. The donations were used to create 110 welcome bags.

The supply drive will expand in the spring. Donation bins and marketing materials will be distributed to more businesses and schools in Washougal and Camas between March 1 and March 4.

“I am over the moon by the community’s positive response to the Foster Care Supply Drive. Support is imperative for these youth during such traumatic times. I look forward to showing youth that enters foster care that they are not alone, they are loved, and that they have a whole community behind them who has their back,” said Mills.

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