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An ongoing series of informational entries

Where we are now

February, 2018

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.

Back to School

August, 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.

2018 Shoe Drive

November, 2018


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

March 15, 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, training, 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.

Finding Gratitude in the Things we Take for Granted

December, 2018

I woke up to the blaring alarm on my phone. I shuffled downstairs for a cup of coffee and began packing lunches. I got everyone dressed and out the door to drop them off at school. I stopped by the grocery store then paid the water bill before heading home to clean. Three bathrooms later I began on 6 loads of laundry and prepared dinner because my evening a head was so busy. The kids got home and started their homework. Dinner was consumed and the dishes were loaded into the dishwasher. It was time to drop off the kids at their activities…...dance, high school, basketball, play practice then loop around to pick everyone back up. A few last minute time changes made me late for the presentation I was giving on Random Acts of Kindness. While parking my car I backed into the one behind me, making me even later than

I was and now a ball of stress. Distracted by my parking skills and rushed because I was so late I began to speak……………………

It sounds like a pretty typical day that most people can relate to but let’s think about what really happened. Blessings, it was nothing but countless blessings. I took every single part of my day for granted.

So I started counting:

#1 The alarm on my phone: I have a phone, I have ears to hear it, I have electricity, I have a bed I was sleeping in. Oh wait there is more. My husband has a job that pays for the phone, I have earrings pierced in my ears, the electric co. that supplies my home gives hundreds of people jobs, the bed is piled with fluffy pillows and warm blankets.

#2 The coffee and packed lunches: There is a bean, that is ground then brewed with water and served in a cup to warm me up and give me energy. I have amazing people in my home that will be hungry in the afternoon and I can rest assured the will be fed with the lunch I packed.

#3 Grocery store, Bills, Cleaning, Laundry and Dinner: I have somewhere to shop for any type of food I might need or want. I have clean water to drink, shower in, swim in and clean with and all I have to do is pay a monthly fee to receive it. I have cleaning products to maintain shiny bathrooms (those bathrooms are filled with fluffy towels, toiletries and items to keep me and my family clean). Laundry, I have clothes to wear and appliances to clean and dry them. Dinner, We are never hungry as this is the third or fourth time we have eaten today. I have a dishwasher to clean the dirty dishes for me.

#4 Drop off & activities: I have a driver's license, there are paved roads, I have car seats, I get to travel while being protected from the elements. My children have talents, desires to learn, kind hearts to volunteer, we have teachers and coaches to help develop our kids skills.

#5 A presentation on RAoK: I had an audience of young athletes to talk to about Random Acts of Kindness, which led to more volunteers. We were in a warm home filled with laughter and joy because of the generosity of a loving family.

#6 A smashed car: I have a car, someone else has a car, nobody was hurt. I have insurance to pay for the damages. The owner of the damaged car showed me kindness and compassion as reminded me that things like this happen and it could've been worse. Satan hates it when we are successful in doing what God wants. His effort to stop me and make my effort less effective failed.

The next morning I took some extra time to talk with God, I thought about everything I did that day. They were all blessings I took for granted. Each one of those blessing could be broken down to even more blessings. Even something as stressful as a smashed car was a blessing in disguise.

During this Christmas season we are all so busy. The enemy can distract us from pursuing God's will, he finds success in stopping us from doing what God wants. Make an effort to count your blessings and be grateful, be kind to others no matter how much of a hurry you are in. Seek strength through prayer so Satan does not distract you from what is good and true.

-S. Kish

Bible verse references:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Ephesians 6:11–17

Will it be easy? 

December, 2018

“Good luck with that one” they said pointing their finger as they walked out the door.

At just 5 months old we became her 7th foster home. Her and her older sister were in their previous placement for about a week when the foster parents asked for them to be removed. I’ll never forget lack of compassion as they complained how she cried all the time, didn’t sleep, didn’t eat and just didn’t act the way other 5 month old do. They never even said goodbye.

Lucky for us we also became her last foster home and eventually had the privilege of adopting her and her sister. 4 ½ years later I got to watch her shine while she performed her Christmas dance. She laughs and smiles all the time, sleeps well, eats well and when it comes to her developmental milestones she exceeds what is typical for a 5 year old.

If you have ever thought about being a foster parent and would like to learn more I encourage you to visit https://www.thesagecollector.com/fosteradoption-agencies. There are several local agencies that can answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Foster care and adoption has touched our family in so many amazing ways. It has not always been easy but it’s always been worth it and it’s something we will never regret.