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Easter Baskets for Kids in Foster Care

Author: Christina Shoesmith & Gianna Dahlia
Date: April 7, 2014

Simplicity Bank & Together We Rise  helps kids in Foster Care

On Saturday April 5th 40 volunteers came together at the TWR office and participated in an Easter Basket build event. The grand total of annual Easter candy spending is an astounding $2.1 billion dollars. This dollar amount consists of 120 million pounds of Easter candy purchased. 

Children often look forward to waking up on Easter morning and finding their Easter basket or participating in an Easter egg hunt.  Easter memories are normally filled with candy and family time. For a foster child, this may not be the case.  Holidays can be a very rough time for those in the foster care system.  Of the 120 million pounds of Easter candy, foster kids may not get to experience receiving an Easter basket or going on an egg hunt.  To insure that foster kids get to experience some normalcy around this holiday, Together We Rise decided to create an event where volunteers could build baskets. 

For the event 40 volunteers from Simplicity Bank and Kohl’s came together to build the baskets.  The volunteers were able to make personalized Easter cards, stuff eggs with candy, and assemble to baskets. In the course of the event we were able to assemble over 300 baskets!  These baskets will be able to provide local foster kids with a chance for normalcy this Easter.  We are so thankful for all of our corporate sponsors like Simplicity Bank and Kohl’s for their continued support and involvement in our programs.  This Easter will be brighter for 300 plus foster kids because of their support!   

Are you interested in getting involved?  Partnering with Together We Rise for one of our holiday events, like the Easter Basket build, is a great way take part in our programs.  Whether it be providing funding for our events or hosting an event of your own, your involvement will help us advance the success of our mission to transform the way youth navigate through the foster care system.  Contact gianna@togetherwerise.org for more information!