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Supporting Resource Families in the Lehigh Valley and Surrounding Area

HOW TO HELP - DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

In order for us to provide free services to the foster care community,
we require funds to sustain our physical space and operational expenses. 

THE NEED

For children, we hope that providing them with a choice of what they wear or play with will support their self-esteem and confidence during this challenging time. Children can visit our friendly and colorful shop and have a choice of new or gently used clothing, shoes, school supplies, toys, and books.

For adults, we seek to defray the financial investment of foster or kinship care.

Often, placements happen on very short notice. Purchasing items like cribs, strollers, car seats, and diapers adds up very quickly. Most foster families do not receive a stipend to cover up-front expenses.

Our goal is to allow families to focus on the emotional and physical well-being of the children in their care and to not worry about the minimal daily stipend they might be receiving to cover all of the child's meals, activities, clothing, and all the numerous other things a child needs.

The reality is that the average $18-25/day foster care stipend will not cover all their expenses.

Think about the reality of having an extra person in your home .... gas to numerous weekly appointments (therapy, doctors, court, family visitations), increased utility and food costs, day care, days off work to take the child to appointments, extracurricular activities like sports or music lessons, academic services like tutoring, even just an extra ticket to the movies or aquarium ... the list goes on and on.

The need is real.

DONATION REGISTRATION FORM

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Can you help us raise enough money to continue to serve local foster children for the next year?

 
$50 pays for office supplies
$75 pays for oil to heat the shop
$100 pays the electric for one month
$300 pays one month's rent for our storage garage
$900 pays one month's rent for our shop 
$1000 helps pay for a much-needed box truck

Any amount helps us sustain our mission to serve children in foster care!

AMAZON WISH LIST ←

By supporting our mission, you are supporting hundreds of children in care throughout southeastern PA. THANK YOU! *If you wish to deduct your donation by way of our nonprofit tax ID #, please email us at KindnessProjectLV@gmail.com and we will gladly provide you with that information.

DONATION NEEDS

IMMEDIATE NEEDS

  • Summer Clothing - Needed immediately!!
    • Boys: Preemie, 3 - 5T, 6, 7/8, 10
    • Girls: Preemie, Newborn, 3T, 6, 7/8, 10, 12, 14, 16
  • Summer PJs
    • Boys: 9 mo., 12 mo., 12-18 mo., 18 mo., 18-24 mo., 24 mo., 3T, 5T, 6, 10/12
    • Girls: 6 mo., 6-9 mo., 12 mo., 12-18 mo., 2T, 3T, 6, 7/8
  • New summer shoes & sneakers (all sizes up to adult)
  • Swim Gear (suits, rash guards, cover ups, water shoes, puddle jumpers, sunglasses)
  • New towels (bath or beach!)
  • Convertible or 5-point harness car seats (NEW preferred! But if used, no accidents, not expired, no recalls & in CLEAN, excellent condition)
  • Sit & Stand strollers
  • Adult-sized bikes in excellent condition (especially for girls)
  • Toddler beds (within 5 years and with all hardware)
  • Video baby monitors
  • Play Yard Gates (for outside)
  • Preemie diapers
  • Boys & girls Pull-Ups in all sizes
  • Twin beds/mattresses (no stains/holes/pets/smoking)
  • Twin bed sets - sheets/comforters (new preferred from Amazon)
  • Gift cards (for teen clothing, restaurants, gas, movies, trampoline park, ice skating, LV Zoo, etc.)
  • Financial donations at www.KindnessProjectLV.org/the-need
  • Gift Cards (Amazon, Target, Walmart)
  • Teen hygiene items: acne face wash and Bath & Body Works items are greatly cherished! Dove products for sensitive skin.
  • Crib & Pack 'n Play sheets
  • New underwear / socks
  • New bras
  • Double jogging strollers
  • Mesh/Safe Crib Bumpers (not the old style)
  • Bed rails
  • Board games & books for teens

* All items must be CLEAN, SAFE and in 'Like New' condition please! We prefer that used baby equipment is no more than 5 years old. #DonateWithDignity

ONGOING NEEDS:

  • New pillows
  • New bibs
  • Diapers (any size)
  • Baby wipes
  • Strollers (single, double, snap 'n go and sit & stand)
  • Formula (Unopened, not expired)
  • New bottles
  • Baby food / toddler snacks
  • New hygiene items for babies through teens 
  • Pack 'n Plays (bassinet attachment is a plus!)
  • High chairs
  • Baby swings
  • Dressers
  • Baby gates
  • DVDs
  • NEW games/cards/puzzles
  • New clothing with tags is always a special treat for our TKP kids.
  • Gift cards (for teen clothing, restaurants, gas, movies, trampoline park, ice skating, LV Zoo, etc.)

SERVICES:

  • Volunteers (PA Background checks required) to work at The Kindness Exchange
  • Laundry helpers
  • Cleaning helpers
  • Grant writers
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