This weekend TWR team members and several lucky foster families joined masses of other country music fans for the Country Explosion Music Festival in Tooele, Utah. The three day event included 20 performances by the likes of Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes.
While everyone had fun, for the 40 members of foster families in attendance the concert was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The kids were most thrilled by their new TWR swag and Sweet Cases; one little girl gave everyone big hugs, slung her new Sweet Case over her shoulder and refused to let go of it all day. “We don’t get to do these things often,” said one mother of 11 foster kids. We would not have been able to make this experience possible for these families without the help of our social media intern, Josh Wilson.
Opportunities like this highlight how important projects like Sweet Cases are for foster youth. On average, 500,000 children in foster care will go through 3 different placements with a trash bag to move their meager belongings. Sweet Cases included a duffle bag, pillow pet, blanket, coloring books, crayons, toys and a hygiene kit. Not only do these cases provide a practical purpose, they give children a sense of ownership and responsibility that translates into higher self-esteem. This year we’re aiming to deliver 1000 Sweet Cases this year all over the country, which of course wouldn’t be possible without help from our dedicated sponsors and volunteers.