From One Child to Another – Trombly Elementary School Comes Through for Metro Detroit’s Foster Children

…it’s powerful to have one child buy something they love to give to another child.
-Walter Fitzpatrick, Principal, Trombly Elementary

Last month, the students at Grosse Pointe Park’s Trombly Elementary did something very special.

The small school, with only 270 children, collected 332 brand new clothing items to Detroit-area foster children during their annual “Valen-Twin” charity drive!

FTSG Volunteer Ena Moor picking up the Trombly donation

FTSG Volunteer Ena Moor picking up the Trombly donation

The President of Trombly’s Parent-Teacher Organization, Michele Lindsay, said that they selected For The Seventh Generation for this year’s efforts because, “…your mission aligns with one of our PTO’s primary goals of helping our students become better global citizens. At Trombly we have a strong history of peer-to-peer service programs and the Valen-Twin concept fits right in with the ideal of kids helping kids.”

This year’s “Valen-Twin” instructions were simple: the children were asked to purchase something that they would like to wear to donate to a Detroit-area foster child. And they definitely responded! When everything was counted there were seventy tops, fifty-seven “bottoms” (pants/jeans/skirts/etc.), ninety-two pairs of underwear, ten pairs of shoes, and much, much more.

According to Trombly Principal Walter Fitzpatrick,

Our theme for these drives is ‘Just Like Me’ – we try to find the children opportunities to help children like themselves so they can relate. Having them donate to adults just isn’t the same, but it’s powerful to have one child buy something they love to give to another child.

How do Trombly’s students feel about their efforts? Let them tell you in their own words:

It was good, because I was able to give someone an outfit who didn’t have one.

I was happy for the kids. They can have clothes like we have!

I was happy for the kids. They can have clothes like we have!

It felt good to donate clothes to people who had to dress in the same clothes every day.

I was happy for the kids. They can have clothes like we have!

All too often, metro Detroit’s foster children arrive at their new homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs – or, at best, a garbage bag filled with some hastily thrown-together possessions.

To make matters worse, the system only pays a fraction of what it actually costs to send a child to school looking and feeling their best.

But thanks to the children, PTO, and staff of Trombly Elementary, many of “our” kids in foster care will be able to fit in with their friends – and shine.

Metro Detroit’s foster children and teens constantly need clothing, shoes, and other items that most of us are fortunate enough to take for granted. But you can make a huge difference with just one donation! Register your donation of new/nearly-new clothing or other items on our website. Or simply drop by our Help Closet.

Or, make a cash donation and we’ll do the shopping for you as needs arise.

Just do one thing for a single foster child, and you’ll change that child’s life for the better. And that’s why For The Seventh Generation exists — to help you make that difference.