Cards and cookies from home are important to college students. Sadly, few foster youth receive them...
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We need gift cards for national chains in any denomination! We send them to students to celebrate their successes and show them we care when they’ve had a set back.
… so Foster Care to Success (FC2S) developed the Care Package Program. Each school year, our students receive three care packages to help them feel just like other college students. Opening a box stuffed with goodies, having something to share with a roommate, and realizing that someone is thinking of them is just one of the many ways our students feel supported.
The Care Package Program is part of our comprehensive array of support – support that includes one-on-one mentoring, career readiness workshops, internship assistance and more.
Care Packages – Get Involved
The FC2S Care Package Program is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to give a little that means a lot. We rely on businesses and charitable organizations to donate the items that fill our care packages. The 7,500 care packages that we send annually are a direct result of donations from these sponsors. Our sponsors give items like school supplies, snacks, beach blankets, clothing and more.
And the giving doesn’t stop there – we send hundreds of additional items annually thanks to the generosity of book clubs, neighbors, student organizations and other groups involved in care package projects.
“I have learned to keep my head up and work harder and harder each day to get where I need to be. Care packages from FC2S make a bigger difference than you can imagine, because they show me you’re behind me all the way.” – Tyrone G., University of Mississippi
It’s not only individuals who can contribute. Are you an organization looking to get involved? There are multiple ways to do so:
1) Contribute the following types of items to care packages: Small electronics, school supplies, keepsakes, health and personal care items, food items, and linens and towels. (Not only do students and universities appreciate these contributions, but companies that donate to our care packages can earn good will and loyalty from soon-to-be college grads).
2) Host a workplace charitable giving drive – collect gift cards or contributions from employees with signed notes of support and encouragement for students.
3) Help underwrite program expenses with a donation.
“Partnering with Foster Care to Success to host a care-package-filling event turned out to be an incredibly meaningful team building exercise for our staff. Everyone left having learned something about the challenges foster youth face. And at the end of the day, everyone felt good knowing a student – perhaps one who had never received a care package before in his or her life – would soon be receiving one of their care packages in the mail.” – Dave Horton, Global Head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts