Clarkson: foster care charity Fostering Hope needs help


Foster carers Lorraine Lekias and Lea Davies.
Picture: Martin Kennealey           d469518
Foster carers Lorraine Lekias and Lea Davies. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d469518

A CLARKSON-BASED charity is seeking donations so it can continue supporting children in foster care.

Lorraine Lekias and her partner started Fostering Hope last September, which collects donated clothing, toys and items for children who have recently been put into foster care.

She said sometimes children arrived at a carer’s home with just the clothes they were wearing.

“It’s a very traumatic time for them and the last thing you need to do is bundle them into a car and go clothes shopping,” she said.

“You can’t have clothes for every aged child for every season.

“It’s a very needed resource for foster carers.”

Ms Lekias said the organisation had grown “incredibly quickly” and she was running out of room at her home to keep donated items.

“We are desperate for space… because we have so much stuff we really have to pack it away in every nook and cranny,” she said.

“Sometimes we have to spend an hour unpacking everything to get to it.”

They are hoping to rent a warehouse or similar space to store donations and for carers to visit to select what they need.

An online fundraising campaign has garnered more than $3000 of its $10,000 target.

“$10,000 would let me sign a one-year lease on a commercial property and would probably pay for nine months rent,” Ms Lekias said.

She has been a foster carer for 20 years and said she had seen the importance of children having their own possessions.

“Anything we can do to improve their self-esteem and feel good about themselves,” she said.

“It’s for them to have a sense of belonging; some of them haven’t had things of their own.

“We want them all to know that they’re worthy and the community cares about them.”

She said they received “car loads every day” of donations but more was always needed.

“We’re always seeking donations but only take items in very good condition,” she said.

“We believe our children particularly need to look and feel good.”

To help the charity find a home, visit tinyurl.com/krjbxoq or find Fostering Hope on Facebook for item drop offs.

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