2012-10-25 / News

32 Care Bags Collected For Foster Children

Children’s supplies were donated for foster care families Tuesday, October 16. Mackinac County Great Start Parent Coalition liaison Heather Bird (from left), Regina Frazier of Children’s Protective Services, Department of Human Services supervisor Sheri Royer, Ashley Butkovich of Children’s Protective Services in St. Ignace and Newberry, foster care worker Kelli Dodson, parent volunteers Katie Gibb and her son, Lukas, and Faith Gaubault with her son, Micah, complete a project to assemble care bags for foster care families who take in a displaced child. Not pictured are parent volunteers Traci Tamlyn and Jenalee Fenwick, who assisted with the project, along with other helpers. The kits contain diapers, clothes, books, knitted items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and stuffed animals, for infants to children up to age 7. Approximately 25 children were removed from homes in Mackinac County between January of 2011 and October of 2012, said protective services investigator Mrs. Frazier, and she and her staff have already started handing out the essentials. Fundraisers and drives generated the money and supplies for the bags, including a mom-to-mom sale in May with proceeds from table rentals going to the care packages, a T-shirt sale at the St. Ignace Fish Feast, and a diaper drive during September. Wilma Hershman knitted hats and blankets, and Great Start purchased 100 totes to hold the items. Compiling the packages will continue with additional bags and future fundraisers.

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