‘I love this book!” Foster Children’s Book Fair a Huge Success

With the help of our very generous donors, For The Seventh Generation’s first Busy Bee Book Fair for Detroit-area foster children and teens served over 170 young people as part of the Wayne County Department of Human Service’s Summer Safety ExtravaParents and children line upganza on June 18.

FTSG’s Help Closet Coordinator Shirley Roseman had this to say about the afternoon:

The excitement they expressed when they found out the books were free and they could take what they wanted was worth a thousand words.

Many other children will benefit from the remaining books because we left them with DHS to distribute to those who couldn’t make it today.

Many thanks to everyone who donated a book, game, or movie, tRelax and Read Signo our wonderful volunteers, and to Wayne County DHS for making room for us at your event!

Donated books

Weekly Wish List — Books & Beds (and cribs!) For Foster Kids Edition:

This week (and through June 13) we’re collecting books — particularly books for teens — teensreadingby circulationfor our Busy Bee Book Fair For Foster Kids, which will take place on June 18 as part of Wayne County DHS’s “Summer Safety Extravaganza.”

In addition, we’re facing a critical, ongoing shortage of beds and cribs. These items are vitally important and can make the difference between a foster child being placed with a family member or with a total stranger.

(New/nearly-new books, beds & cribs only, please.)

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If you can help please contact Help Closet Coordinator Shirley Roseman at helpcloset@detroitlawyer.org — and please tell your friends!

 

Kickball for Foster Teens!

Kickball Tourney Nets Significant Clothing Donation to Detroit – Area Foster Teens

How would YOU celebrate cleaning up and reclaiming a Detroit park?

Racquel Shannon, Danni Hartsfeld, and Sara Richards "kickballed" for foster teens on May 18

Racquel Shannon, Danni Hartsfeld, and Sara Richards “kickballed” for foster teens on May 18

If you’re Sara Richards of FindYours and her partner, Expansum’s founder Shawn Franklin, you hold a kickball tournament to raise some money, then buy new clothing for teens in foster care.

And on May 18, that’s just what they did. The result? Two large bags of brand new clothes and a box of new T-Shirts for For The Seventh Generation’s Spring/Summer Foster Teen Clothing Drive.

“We held the tournament at Wigle Playfield on Third and Seldan. The park is an abandoned rec center which our group mowed and cleaned up the week before,” Sara told FTSG. “My clothing company, FindYours, and my partner’s community group Expansum try to regularly clean up and organize events to get people involved and to focus on areas that are typically overlooked in the community.”

Sara and Shawn certainly know how to organize a great time — Sara reported that roughly fofty-five people attended, and “…everyone who played paid and which covered an event T-Shirt (which Sara created herself), pizza, drinks, and a donation to the foster teen clothing drive. “Some people also brought donations of children’s books,” Sara added — contributions that will certainly come in handy during our Busy Bee Book Fair on June 18th! (Check our Facebook page for updates on this event, which is part of Wayne County DHS’s Summer Safety Extravaganza.

One of the Kickball teams who came out to support Foster Teens on May 18

One of the Kickball teams who came out to support Foster Teens on May 18

Sara says that she learned about FTSG’s Foster Teen Clothing Drive on Hour Detroit Magazine’s online calendar while on the lookout for a charity to benefit from the kickball tournament.

“I am SO glad we could help out your teens in foster care with some extra clothes!,” she said.

Thank you to Sara, Shawn, and all of the “kickballers” who came out to support Detroit-area foster teens on May 18 — and for your commitment to the city ofDetroit!

Even more generous kickballers!

Even more generous kickballers!