These are uncertain and unnerving times. We are all dealing with a multitude of issues right now as we confront the national COVID-19 crisis. Who knew even a month ago that we would be facing what we are facing today?
Even in the midst of this emergency, I am moved by the number of calls we have received from supporters asking how we are doing and if we are still operating our programs. My answer to that question is an emphatic YES! Our programs continue to provide a vital safety net for vulnerable children… now more than ever before despite the rising demand and social distancing challenges.
BLOOM FOSTER CARE IS EXPERIENCING INCREASED DEMAND
Within a week, we received 53 calls for placement of children into our foster homes, reflecting an increase of 40% from the previous month. The fact is that we are working 24/7 to protect and shelter Georgia’s foster children and support the families who are taking them into their homes.
I am so proud of our Bloom foster families, many of whom have offered to care for additional foster children during this difficult time. These heroic families continue to open their homes to severely traumatized children, even at the risk of exposure to their own families. And imagine how terrified these children must feel to be displaced from their homes during this time of great uncertainty…
THE BLOOM CLOSET REMAINS A KEY RESOURCE DURING CRISIS
At The Bloom Closet, we are receiving calls from foster families all across the state who are accepting children into their homes under the most trying of times. With stores closing and many communities on lockdown, it is difficult to provide for foster children’s basic needs such a clothing, diapers, food, and other essentials. The Bloom Closet is a key support for foster children during the COVID-19 crisis. We are currently giving away free clothing and supplies to approximately 85-100 foster children per week. To handle increased demand and keep everyone safe, The Bloom Closet has been converted into a Drive-by Service where foster parents send in orders and pick-up items under our outdoor tent.
I know many of you are confined at home right now with your own kids. If you and your family are looking for something to do to get your mind off current events, please consider cleaning out your closets and donating your children’s clothing, books, toys, baby gear, or other items from The Bloom Closet Wish List. Your donations will go a long way towards supporting vulnerable foster children. Of course, ANY size monetary donation, large or small, is appreciated during this very difficult time. Our ability to serve foster children is dependent on monetary resources as well as in-kind donations. And, their needs are urgent right now. Your friendship and support mean the world to us as we all navigate this extremely difficult time. We send our heartfelt prayers for the health and safety of you and your family in the weeks to come. Blessings to you all.
Executive Director, Bloom
Ways to Donate:
online at bloomouryouth.org
in person Mon. – sat., 9am – 5 pm at
115 Marquis drive, fayetteville 30214
The Bloom closet wish list
- New or gently used shoes and clothing (size infant through teen)
- Socks and underwear (new)
- Winter jackets, mittens, and hats
- Diaper wipes and diapers
- Baby powder, lotion, diaper rash ointment, infant shampoo
- Baby Gear (diaper bags, infant carriers, baby swings, cribs, etc.)
- Baby blankets, baby linens
- Baby bottles, sippy cups, bibs, pacifiers (new)
- Full-size toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap
- Haircare products
- Accessory items such as paper towels, paper plates, napkins, garbage bags
- Books and toys for babies, children and teens
- School Supplies
- Gift Cards to Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon