Papillion woman starts non-profit ‘Foster Love’ to help foster care families with clothing items
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -Amber Richardson is a Papillion native and a foster mom.
“Our son was placed with us in 2007 so, quite a while ago, when he came to our home he came with a single black trash bag with very few clothes,” says Amber Richardson, Foster Love Founder.
It was at that moment when Richardson knew she had to help other children in the foster care system.
“That always lingered in my head. It really bothered me. And now I’m finally at a place where I feel like I want to do something about it,” says Richardson.
Just a few months ago she found herself in a place to start a new non-profit.
It’s called foster love.
Saturday afternoon, foster families finally got a chance to stop by the new pop-up shop in downtown Papillion to get clothing items donated by members of the community.
“It seems like every four-five months I’m needing to go pick up some new stuff so, yeah the need is great. And every little bit helps to kind of take the burden off of us,” says Foster parent, Stefanie Contreras.
The children get to pick out the clothes and accessories they see themselves in.
Creating a lasting memory for the kids and their foster parents.
An experience Richardson knows is needed.
“Sharing our story with other people and realizing it wasn’t just us, that there are other people, there are other children in the foster care system that experience that same story and it is just so much heartache,” says Richardson.
Through that heartache, there is now a light.
“We need a program, we need an organization that gives these children value, makes them feel confident, and nurtures them with dignity,” says Richardson.
Richardson plans to have a mobile site for families in the near future and eventually—her own storefront to provide for the community for years to come.
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