Alma’s Volunteer Corner: The Thing About Shoes, Part 2

July30Last week, I shared the challenge facing many older kids in our program, and in foster care in general: finding shoes that fit. Because my CASA kid is a teen, most of the items that are donated to CASA are for younger children and do not fit her.

Within one hour of posting that blog last week, my CASA kid was swarmed by numerous fairy god-parents via the power of social media. The following things happened:

  • Two people contacted me and asked where they should send the shoes they were buying my CASA kid.
  • People who read the blog were inspired to go into their closets and gather gently used shoes and clothes to donate to the CASA Clothing Closet. This activity has the potential to turn into an event in August where the public will be invited to bring donations to help fill the closet before school starts. We’ll keep you updated.
  • A former Lane County CASA volunteer, who was visiting friends in Eugene, saw the blog posted on the CASA Facebook page right before heading back to San Francisco where she currently lives. She immediately contacted the CASA office and asked when she could stop by to donate gift cards that she requested CASA use specifically for older kids. She donated a gift card specifically to my kid.

After confirming the details of the donation with my team, I called my CASA kid and asked her what her immediate needs were. This was her list:

  • shoes
  • socks
  • underwear
  • bra or sports bra
  • short-sleeved tee shirts
  • a pair of shorts
  • a pair of jeans

I’m glad to say that I was able to get everything on that list with the donated gift card. Thank you, CASA gift card fairy.

I am beyond humbled by the generosity of our community to extend their support to our CASA kids. I am grateful for the power of social media, without which I would have had to make phone calls, put up posters, and visit friends to personally ask for help. With social media, I was able to cast a larger net and reach beyond my network.

Thank you all for helping my CASA kid.