Moving from house to house isn’t easy for children in foster care, but a not-for-profit helps give them more to call their own during those difficult times.
Together We Rise is a foster care organization that runs an ongoing fundraiser called Sweet Cases. Their goal is to collect donations of everyday items that will go to foster care children who own very little. Items like pillows, socks, notebooks, and toothbrushes are all types of donations will be collected and packed into a tote bag.
Detective Kate Koziol, with Juvenile Investigations at the Naperville Police Department, recently heard about the program and knew she wanted to help.
“We come across quite a few kids in my line of work and it’s kind of nice to help out those less fortunate and maybe don’t have the same kinds of things, like I said earlier, take for granted like a pillow case, something like that, or a pillow, that’s your own, not something that’s been used by how many other people,” Koziol said.
Koziol is collecting donations for foster care kids ranging in age from 14 to 21. She’s already raised $1,000 towards Sweet Cases, with a total goal of $2,500 by mid-January.
A Sweet Cases donation box is located in City Hall, collecting for Together We Rise and Our Children’s Homestead, another foster care not-for-profit located in Naperville. Monetary donations are accepted on their websites as well.
Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.
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