Hands on Projects
There are four hands on projects that occur every year around the same time.
Easter Baskets (starts two months prior to Easter)
Assemble small Easter baskets full of: jelly beans, chocolate candy, toothbrush, a pair of socks, etc. These baskets are distributed to children and teens in the foster care program.
Backpacks (starts in the summer)
Provide filled backpacks or school supplies for foster and refugee children. Backpacks are distributed before the start of the school year.
Thanksgiving Baskets (starts in early October)
Provide baskets of food - either traditional Thanksgiving or culturally appropriate food. Baskets are distributed to refugee families and seniors.
Christmas Angel Tree (starts at the end of October)
Provide Christmas presents and/or gift cards for refugee and foster children and older adult clients.
Other Hands on Projects
In addition to our annual hands on projects, there are other ways to contribute to LFS clients.
Collect items to furnish and set up an apartment for an arriving refugee family.(See complete list)
Provide age appropriate items for foster children to be given to them when they first enter foster care. Lists are provided, but generally include healthcare items, toiletries, blankets and small gifts or trinkets. The bags can be pillow cases, backpacks or any other type of bag.
Welcome Bags (187 KB)
New Shirts, New Shoes
Many of our refugees and foster children arrive with minimal clothing and often need shoes, coats and other warm clothing. Gift cards are needed to provide them with correctly sized items.
Giving Life to Older Adults
A list of items is provided for a gift basket which is given to LFS older adult clients for their birthdays or other special occasions.
Giving Life to Older Adults (72 KB)
Personal Care Kits
A list of items is provided which make up kits that are given to refugee and foster care clients.
Personal Care Kits (48 KB)
Caregiver Gift Bags
Each May, LFS hosts a caregiver conference that 100+ caregivers attend. Provide some of the gift bags that will be handed out as a sign of appreciation to the caregivers.
LFS also welcomes groups to do drives for health care items (soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc), cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, brooms, etc.), gently used linens (towels, twin or double size sheets, etc.), kitchen items (gently used pots and pans, dishes silverware, etc.) or baby items (diapers, baby wipes, formula, clothing, etc.).