PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In Oregon, one out of every 100 kids is in foster care and sometimes foster parents can be overwhelmed.
To help, Lake Oswego mom Allie Roth founded the non-profit, With Love six years ago.
As a teacher, Roth saw many students who were in the foster care system. She said school-aged kids have resources and after doing some research, she decided to find a way to serve younger foster kids.
“What we’re trying to do is improve the lives of kids in foster care ages 0-6 and also retaining these wonderful foster parents who are doing the hard work of raising these kids,” Roth said.
With Love supports foster families with clean, safe and quality donations.
They operate out of a brand new 6,000 square foot building in Tigard, washing and sorting items into bags filled with essentials worth $1,300.
Volunteers put in thousands of hours last year to help 1,100 foster kids. With Love delivers to families within 30 minutes of their warehouse and offers pickup two days a week to those farther away.
Bags include items like clothes, shoes, diapers, toys, toiletries, blankets, and books.
Families can request a new bag every three months to meet the needs of a fast-growing child.
With Love is always looking for volunteers and material donations. Roth said this is a great way for people who may not feel ready to take in a foster child to help and make a difference.
“By giving the community a place to come and donate their items, donate their time, or financially donate to us it has allowed more people to get involved in foster care or feel like they’re making a difference and then turn around and serve these families who are incredible, sometimes taking in kids with 2 or 3 hours notice,” she said.
They are also holding a fundraiser to raise $75,000 to retrofit the new space. There will be an open house — a grand re-opening of sorts — Wednesday, July 24 from 6:30-8 p.m.
“We’re really trying to rewrite the stories of kids in foster care in Portland, we want them to be seen and known and have dignity and honor in the process,” Roth said.
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