Sterling’s Jeans for Pajamas Drive Helps Fill Foster Kids’ Emergency Needs
Each Holiday Season, Sterling staff tries to help those in need by participating in a special holiday drive. Last year Sterling departments collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for Metropolitan Ministries. This year, Sterling is creating a special holiday drive called “Jeans for Pajamas.”
The idea for the pajama drive came from Sterling’s Kim Cislo and Mary McMahon. They had visited Raising Hope, a Dunedin based charity that focuses on foster kids’ emergency needs like clothes, toiletries and more.
When children are taken out of abusive situations, they enter the Pinellas County system in a matter of a few hours. Child welfare caseworkers must quickly search for foster homes and that’s when caseworkers Anne Hartle and Kim Greenleaf prepare duffle bags from the shelves of the Raising Hope resource room for the children who have nothing.
This year, however, the shelves are running low on essentials for the children. It’s the goal of Raising Hope to help children walk into their foster homes with their heads held high.
Kim Greenleaf and her brother, Billy Huetting are owners of an electrical engineering firm, and they have personally financed the Raising Hope effort out of a small cottage they own next to their business. Last month alone, Kim and Billy spent $1,400 for all types and sizes of clothing, new shoes, T-shirts and school supplies.
How can we help?
Much is needed at Raising Hope because the organization delivers services 24 hours a day. Last year, the resource room was visited nearly 2,000 times. As a non-profit is a 501©(3) organization, Raising Hope pays no salaries or rent. All money raised goes to meet the childrens’ needs.
A critical need for the children is new pajamas. If you bring in a new pair of pajamas for girls sized M-L- XL-XXL (XL and XXL are most needed) or flannel boxers, shorts or T-shirts suitable for the boys, Sterling staff members will receive a special Jeans Day for every item of clothing you bring in.
For more information about this special local charity visit: www.raisinghopefl.org
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