An ongoing series of informational entries

February 2018


WHERE WE ARE NOW

With the help of our community The Sage Collector continues to to help youth in Butler County. The type of need fluctuates throughout the year. Due to the the generous giving programs over the holidays, December through mid March are typically a slow time when it comes to kids shopping for clothing. How ever the need for toiletries never slows down. Trends also show continuous need for socks, underwear and shoes.

As we look forward to spring we will see the need for clothing pick up. We will also see an increase in toiletry needs.

In recent conversations with school staff and case workers it seems handing over these items is only the first step in fixing the problem. Kids are now faced with the dilemma of what to do with these newly acquired clothes and hygiene items. Poor personal hygiene is linked to negative peer social acceptance, bullying, and social isolation. Acquiring positive personal hygiene is a long term life skill. This spring The Sage Collector will put more of a focus on youth development and empowerment.

A SPECIAL THANKS

2017 Individuals & Businesses for your clothing & monetary donations and collection drives.

Clear Choice Enterprises for your continued support in our organization and community.

Samantha Roth for your continued support and your relentless quest to lift others up.

August 2018

February 14, 2018

It's back to school time. I personally have six children from P-K to college to get ready for the big day. However my back to school readiness did not stop there. The Sage Collector had 36 kids receive back to school shoes and clothes! The best part is 100% of the shoes were brand new.

Now that school has started we will be a lot busier. Our most requested items this time of the year are shoes, socks and undergarments. Our next project will be raising funds to provide new shoes and socks for everyone in need. Yes, I said new shoes. I’ve always felt uncomfortable handing over a pair of “used” shoes even “used” clothing. There is just something extra special about receiving “new” items. So, for now we are going to strive to provide shoes that have never been worn. That should make a lot of feet happy.

While we are on the subject of shoes, let me mention we collected almost 2000 pairs during our shoe drive! That was a lot of work but I wasn’t alone. We had various volunteers and business helping out. We kept all the new shoes for the kids here in Butler. The rest of them were shipped to developing nations like Ghana, Haiti and Bolivia.

5 Ways to Help Children in Foster Care Without Being a Foster Parent.

February 14, 2018

1. Support a foster family.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. So be part of the village. Foster parenting is much more than just loving a child.

Parent visits, doctor appointments, school meetings, counseling, trainings, caseworker visits, emails, phone calls, logs, and endless stacks of paperwork keep foster parents very busy. (Not to mention most foster families have children of their own!)

  • So how can you help?
  • Offer to babysit.
  • Provide tutoring or homework help.
  • Make them a dinner.
  • Mow the grass.

Offer to pick things up while you are running your own errands.

There is always laundry to wash and fold.

The list could go on and on. By simply committing an hour a week you can make a huge difference in someone's life.

2. Provide Respite Care.

Respite care provides short-term relief for foster parents. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks. Sometimes foster parents are faced with a sudden illness or have a trip that was already planned and can’t be adjusted. Other times foster parents just need a short break. A time to focus and reconnect with their own family. You can contact a local foster care licensing agency to find out the steps to becoming a respite care provider.

3. Volunteer

There are many opportunities to volunteer your time. You can contact local foster care licensing agencies or resource centers like The Sage Collector to see how you can help.

4. Donate

Most children in foster care arrive at their first placement with little to nothing in their possession. Resource centers like The Sage Collector collect donations for foster children. Foster parents are able to access these items free of charge.

5. Pray

Prayer, It doesn't cost a thing and you can do it while you are driving in the car or even laying in your bed.

Pray for the children who left everything they ever knew and will sleep in a stranger’s home tonight. Pray for the the parents who had their kids removed from them. Pray for strength for the foster families that opened up their homes. Pray for the judges, attorneys, social workers, facilitators, and case managers that are required to make decisions for children in care and their parents. Pray for the cycle of neglect and abuse to be broken.