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Teytum's Gifts


Providing a measure of comfort for children entering foster care.

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Teytum's Gifts


Providing a measure of comfort for children entering foster care.

teytum's gifts & CROSS FIT REFORMATION LIFT UP

Saturday, December 16


The stark reality is that There are over 10,000 Children in foster care in Washington state.

... and OVER 700 CHILDREN ARE IN FOSTER CARE IN YAKIMA COUNTY

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White Salmon

Teytum's Gifts just serviced White Salmon DSHS with backpacks.  We are currently replenishing the other offices and may add another department soon!


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The Problem


Children entering foster care for the first time often feel scared, displaced and lonely.

The Problem


Children entering foster care for the first time often feel scared, displaced and lonely.

Scared 

Imagine a stranger taking you from your home. Imagine being placed with a family that is completely unknown to you. Imagine wondering if these people are safe, loving, caring or if they will treat you poorly. And before you are even placed into a home, imagine waiting HOURS in a office while a social worker works to find a suitable home for you. That is a pretty scary proposition; especially for young children. This is the plight of kids entering the foster care system.

Displaced

Imagine not owning a single thing. Imagine not being around anything that is familiar; not having anything that you can call your own. Imagine being taken away from all that you know and love. When a child is taken from their home, they often don't understand why. They are displaced. They lose their sense of identity and their life is disoriented.

Things aren't as they should be.

lonely

Imagine being taken from your parents and being ripped away from your home. Despite the fact there are good and valid reasons for a child to be removed from their home, the child doesn't always understand. To them they are being taken away from their parents, from the people they love. This is a lonely time. Even if they have fantastic foster care parents, you can imagine how lonely it must feel, especially as they are entering the foster care system for the first time.

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YOU CAN HELP


Even the smallest measure of kindness can make a lasting impact.

YOU CAN HELP


Even the smallest measure of kindness can make a lasting impact.

The notion of Teytum’s Gift is a simple one.  We aim to partner with churches, businesses, organizations and individuals to provide a spark of hope into the seemingly hopeless situation that a child experiences while being placed into a foster home.

We will do this by providing a backpack that contains items that will help the child cope with the waiting and the transition. We partner with Yakima, Toppenish, Sunnyside, Ellensburg, and Goldendale's Department of Social and Health Services to distribute these gift boxes to kids in need.

 

The child will take the backpack and carry it with them to their new placement.  Since many children enter their new foster homes with little or no belongings, the idea is to send these children on with something of their very own in order to give them a sense of hope and comfort. This seemingly small gift has the potential of making a lasting impact.

Here are a few ways you can get involved