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Tie Blankets for Foster Kids

Santa Rosa Valley 4-H Leadership Development Project | Ventura County Status: Completed Categories: Citizenship, Social and Emotional Health Youth Leader: Grace | Age: 14Youth Leader: Bailey | Age: 14

The National Center on Family Homelessness states that, “Among industrialized nations, the United States has the largest number of homeless women and children.” Because of growing homelessness, children are left without homes and possessions. Because of the recession, homelessness, neglect, or abuse more children are in foster care in the Ventura County care system than before. While being in this system children usually endure four different placements before being adopted. Sadly, only 60% of these children are adopted before they are too old to remain in foster care. Most of these children brought into foster care having nothing to call their own. One of our leaders introduced us to Casa Pacifica, a local group home for foster kids.By contributing 100 handmade fleece blankets it would be our team’s contribution to making these kids feel comforted even if they are not with their parents.

It meant a lot to help out a local charity with a something as simple as a blanket, because warm blankets can make any kid feel more at home and not trapped or alone.

- Tie Blanket Project Participant

How has 4-H helped?

We went down to the Los Angeles Fabric Mart in May and shopped for about 3 hours searching for 400 pieces of fabric that we could cut into blankets and use for these foster kids.  You may be wondering well how did you get 5 people and 400 two yard pieces of blanket in a normal sized SUV – let’s just say we were surrounded by people and fleece next to us, behind us, and on top of us.  We made notecards for the 4-H members to sign and attach to the blankets which contained the 4-H pledge and a personal note. We were pretty stoked to realize it was all coming together! After we successfully finished the project we all went to drop off the 100 blankets and take a tour of Casa Pacifica.

The Impact

It meant a lot to help out a local charity with a something as simple as a blanket, because warm blankets can make any kid feel more at home and not trapped or alone. Hopefully those blankets brightened their days and warmed their nights. This project successfully ended July 19, 2013 with our tour and our donation of 100 blankets, the conclusion of our civic engagement project to help make the world a better place one blanket at a time!