Donation Drive for Wichita Children's Home on Tuesday, April 5
by Power Morning Playhouse,posted Apr 4 2011 10:30AM
Wichita, this is your chance to stand up and do something good in our community. You can do it on your lunch hour too, so it won't take up much of your time!
Jennifer White is awesome!
I read about Jennifer White the other day, a local mom/wife/businesswoman. She was touched when she read about the human trafficking problem in Wichita. Jennifer sprung into action wanting to help young women who are being sold into sex slavery. These girls are young! The girl in the article is only 13. How can we help these victims, who are living right here in Wichita? Because this is what happens when you're a homeless teenager. And it's unacceptable!
Jennifer contacted Wichita Children's Home to find out what they need. The list is pretty long and really speaks to what kids who are in the care of the "system" need. Everything from single-use travel packets of laundry detergent and sleeping bags to socks and underwear.
Check out the full list of items needed here on Jennifer's Facebook page. (The list is also at the bottom of this post).
This is Wichita's most vulnerable population.
These are young women who do NOT have a mom or dad to go home to at night. There isn't a safe place for them to call home. They are homeless, they are runaways, they are living at Wichita Children's Home, or not. It's hard to say where some are, and some girls can be found in places where you'd never want to find a child you love. These girls need a home, a foster parent who cares, and for someone to just give them a chance! Here's where you come in.
Donation Drive Info:
The donation drive Jennifer White is doing is Tuesday, April 5 at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill in Old Town. Stop by with items to donate between 11am-2pm. Jennifer is focusing on the Street Outreach and Bridges programs but will accept any items from the WCH wish list (link posted above; list posted at the bottom of this post). Let's get you, my Power fam, out there with armloads of donations for these kids. Let's show we care. Let's take care of our city. We can't allow these kids to suffer like this here in our own town.
Can't donate? Then volunteer.
There's also a volunteer orientation meeting Tuesday, April 5 at 6pm at the Wichita Children's Home. Here's the address:
810 North Holyoke
And listen to The Hitman & Heather tomorrow (Tuesday) morning to hear Jennifer on the air with us! She's got some good stuff to say and you've got to hear it. Get informed!
Let me get real here.
If you think this doesn't happen here, or it can't happen here, you've got to wake up! It is happening here. It's happening in every city in America. I've seen this in San Francisco and Phoenix before I came here. I will never understand why kids can't have a safe home and parents to go home to at night. There is NO logical reason for this. I volunteer at Youthville and I can't even tell you how badly good foster parents are needed in Wichita. Not just for the adorable little kids everyone always wants to adopt, but for the teenagers who are overlooked. They deserve parents who care and who can help them stay in school and even go on to college. I know I just got to Wichita and I'm just getting started. But this is what matters to me and I will be making sure we all come together and help these kids in this community!
So take your donations to Jennifer tomorrow. You can expect to hear more from her on Power 93.9! Volunteer. Learn more about what's happening to our youth here in Wichita. And take a stand. Be like Jennifer and don't take the news lying down. Don't let it go in one ear and out the other. Think about it. Because I guarantee if you do, you'll agree with me. We've got to do something about this!
The list :
Street Outreach Services
Individually packed snack food (Ramen & Mac n Cheese in the cups, cheese & crackers, lunch buckets, nuts, trail mix, granola bars, instant oatmeal, beef jerky, etc.)
Individual First Aid Kits (They are OK on these for now)
Juice boxes (100% Juice)
Individual Laundry Soap
Finger Nail Clippers
Food Certificates (Dillons, Fast Food, Quik Trip- $5 increments)
Bottled Water (They are ok on water for now)
Sweat suits & Hoodies (Dark, plain colors. Size LG-XXXL)
Travel Size toiletries
Travel size baby wipes
BRIDGES (This is where kids go when they come in to SOS and enter a residential program)
Twin size bedding
Pots & Pans
Irons & Ironing Boards
Walmart/Target Gift cards
Puzzles- 1000 pieces+
Xbox & Nintendo Cube Games (Non-Violent)
Current VHS or DVD movies (G, PG)
Socks & Underwear (Adult Sizes)
DVD Games (Scene It, Family Feud)
CD Walkmans & Stereos
Activity Passes (Roller Skating, Movies, Ice Skating, etc.)
If you have any of these things or would like to organize a drive at your work, school, church, etc. please contact me!
Follow Jennifer White on Twitter @JenWPortraits. Check out her blog about this at I Need A Project.
Donation Drive for Wichita Children's Home on Tuesday, April 5
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