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Valentine's Day for Foster youth, TWR Style

Author: Christina Shoesmith & Gianna Dahlia
Date: February 12, 2014

Kids in Foster Care get Valentine's Day help from Toyota, Kohls, and Together We Rise

Throughout the first few weeks of February, Together We Rise was able to host three Valentine’s Day events at our headquarters in Chino, CA.  The events took place to create Valentine cards for local foster kids and around the country. 

On average, 151 million valentines are exchanged on Valentine’s Day[1]. Unfortunately, foster kids often do not often have the chance to be apart of those who exchange cards with friends and loved ones.  Exchanging valentines at school can be an embarrassing event for foster kids if they do not have valentines to give classmates.  Because of this embarrassment and frustration, TWR reaches out to foster kids during this time.  Our cards show them encouragement, hope, and love.

Khol's and Toyota, two of our corporate sponsors, donated their time and energy to come out to our headquarters and create some awesome personalized Valentine cards. 

300 hand-made valentines were produced from these three events!  Because of these efforts, many local foster kids have the chance to open a personalized valentine and see that someone is thinking of them. Not only will they know someones else cares about them but they will receive a $5 gift card from In-N-Out, Baskin Robbins, Starbucks, or Wendy's.    

Thank you so much to our volunteers and those who donated to this important event! We couldn't have provided over $1,500 in gift cards if it wasn't for our awesome community that always comes to the rescue! 

Without volunteers and donations from our awesome volunteers and sponsors, this event would not have been successful.  Thank you to all of our continued sponsors and volunteers for helping us transform the way youth navigate through the foster care system.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Kids in Foster Care get Valentine's Day help from Toyota, Kohls, and Together We Rise