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    Fostering Change Foster Closet Looking to Build Non-profit Learning Center in Land O’ Lakes

    “We are exploring the idea of opening a non-profit learning center and child care at our location in Land O’ Lakes. The building is 5,000 square-feet and we feel it would be a wonderful location. Our goal is to help our community, children and families who may not be able to afford child care. Being a 501c3 we will be able to except donations and apply for grants to help. It is going to take a large investment and we are asking for individuals and corporations that want to make a difference in people’s lives, to please watch for coming events and fundraisers. We will be the first non-profit child care center in our community. We will be waiting on permits and health department recommendations,” founder, George Avodino said.

    As 2020 has been especially difficult with the pandemic, Fostering Change Foster Closet has had more and more calls every day from families worried about Christmas and Hanukkah. “In October, we already began handing new toys out to families. New bicycles, blocks, scooters, and the list goes on,” George said. “We are trying to help relieve a little stress from this year. If anyone would like to help donate new unwrapped toys to our foster closet to get ready for Christmas and the holiday season, please let us know. We help anybody in need and nobody ever gets turned away. If we can help, we do.”

    We’ve Got Your Back! partnered with Fostering Change Foster Closet for their recent community initiative. For this event, the focus was on the Foster Care Community, specifically the children that are affected by having to move from their home to another home and so on.

    Did you know that when a child is removed from a home, they’re typically given a trash bag and a few minutes to gather their things? The idea behind this initiative is to provide a duffel bag filled with basic necessities and some fun stuff as well. This is a bag of their own, so when the children go from place to place, they have something to put their belongings in.

    As they have done in the past, Fostering Change Foster Closet put together an Amazon Wish list with all the items needed to make this a success. Within 24 hours, the response was tremendous. They reached their goal and were able to help bring a sense of ownership and pride to the children who received the duffel bags.

    Fostering Change Foster Closet in a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with the community to provide material items and support to the families who care for the children in foster care, so they can flourish in their new environment and begin the healing process. For more information or to get involved, please visit www.fosteringchangecloset.com

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