The Issue: Clothing and Basic Needs for Foster Children
According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, more than 11,000 Arizona children, ranging in age from infancy to 18 years old, are living in out-of-home care due to neglect, abuse, or abandonment. While some of these children are able to take some of their belongings with them when they're sent to foster care, many leave their homes with only the clothes on their backs.
The Campaign: Purchase New Jeans for Foster Children
If this Grassroots campaign raises $450, then Helen's Hope Chest can purchase a new pair of jeans for 25 children living in foster care. Each additional $20 raised will be used to provide another child in foster care with a new pair of jeans.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Helen's Hope Chest
Helen's Hope Chest started when Mesa United Way started collecting new and used clothing for Arizona's foster children in 2009. Today, Helen's Hope Chest helps provide these kids with clothing, school supplies, toys, and hygiene items, offering a setup similar to shopping in a consignment store so children can select their preferred styles and colors. In 2011, Helen’s Hope Chest provided clothing and other basic items to more than 2,800 foster children.