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The Caring Closet Helps Foster Parents with Items Needed for Arriving Children

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Lots of people go home for Christmas. But for nearly six hundred  kids in Jasper County, the holidays are spend at homes away from home with foster parents. Making sure their needs are met comes with help from a special ministry called the Caring Closet

Joanna Holden's garage doesn't have much space for cars.  It's where she and her husband started the Caring Closet.

Holden says, "We take pretty much anything you would need to take care of a kids. So we take clothes, take baby items like diapers and wet ones. We take beds and bedding, car seats. Pretty much anything you would need to take care of a kid in your home,  we take because  I guarantee you there will be a family somewhere down the road who will need that."

Families like the Furrhs.  The couple first wanted to foster  kids eight years old and younger  to teach their two  year old biological daughter about charity.  Now they take in teens too.

Tom Furrh says, "We literally get phone call, after phone call, after phone call, because there's nowhere for these  teenagers to go. Teenagers aren't removed from their homes through a fault of their own.”

Tom and his wife Emily say Caring Closet takes the stress out of saying yes to bringing  foster kids into their  home.

Emily says, "You've got to worry about that  child feeling welcome in your home. Knowing that their needs are met, that you can make a phone call and their needs will be met so you can care  about their  emotional needs and making sure they feel safe and loved as soon as they  come through that door is a huge huge relief.  It's way less frantic. "

And children arriving at christmastime can strain budgets.

The Furrhs say, "We've had kids who came to us and never had Christmas.

 They never got that  (presents) before. Most of them see that as love.  Most of them think that's love. So if you shower them with gifts, even though not healthy  at the moment,  it gives them a sense of belonging."

Holden says, "It's like magic  in their eyes which is something we take for granted.  For us it's time to put up x the Christmas tree again. For these kid it's something new something special.  It's  something magical about Christmas."

A child in need's first stop is at ChildrenChildren'sn so there's a caring Closet there as well.  So besides Joanna's home,  there's even a storage  facility being used.  Three locations and they say it would be great to consolidate them all.

Holden says, "We are bursting at the seams.  We'd really love to have a bigger space. Our dream is that we would have a building where we could set it up as a store."

 Foster parents know how donations of the everyday things can help

as they provide not only Christmas but homes to the foster kids.

The Furrhs say, "You can change their world, change their life, be it for six months for a year or two. For however long they need you to be there,  you can  change their life. And that's a huge blessing, to you and them to be able to foster."

The Caring Closet ministry also provides frozen meals to families for the extra mouths to feed.

If you would like to donate to caring closet check out its facebook page or click here.
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