Help Foster Kids w/MPI Tampa Bay

$184 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 13 months
Did you know that every two minutes a child is removed from his or her home due to abuse or neglect? Unfortunately, in these dangerous situations, swift removal is necessary to protect them. This means that during holidays, weekends, and late hours of the night, children have their lives disrupted.

A Trash Bag Should NEVER be a Child’s Suitcase

Kids do not ask to come into the foster care system; they are brought there as victims. Kids entering foster care often have only the clothes on their backs, seldom have a toothbrush, and carry the few belongings they have in a trash bag. The process can be very traumatic and leave them feeling less than human as their belongings are treated like garbage.  Providing these children with hope and dignity is essential to their ability to heal.

Source: “Eckerd Connects Raising Hope.”  https://eckerd.org/family-children-services/raising-hope/

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Tampa Bay Chapter & Meetings Academy is partnering with Eckerd Community Alternatives and The Safe Children Coalition of Sarasota to raise funds for kids entering the foster care system. All monetary donations will be divided among the two organizations for the foster kids in all counties served by the MPI Tampa Bay Chapter.

Article donations are also in great need.  Please bring these donations to our MPI Breakfast Club, or direct to Meetings Academy. If you are not a part of MPI and would like to donate, please let me know, I will gladly pick up any items for the kids.  Email me at caulerkathleen@gmail.com

Clothing Items:
New & Gently-Used Clothing
(all sizes from newborn to teens)
New Socks
New Undergarments
New PJ’s
New Shoes (athletic shoes please)

Toiletry Items:
Shampoo & Conditioner
African-American Hair Products
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Razors & Shaving Cream
Deodorant, Body Wash & Lotion
Brushes & Combs
Feminine Hygiene Products
Lice Treatment

Baby Items:
Diapers & Pull-Ups (all sizes)
Baby Wipes
Baby Shampoo, Powder, Wash & Lotion
Sleepers & Onesies
Diaper Cream & Pacifiers
Baby Bottles & Bibs
Baby Blankets & Receiving Blankets

School Supplies:
New Backpacks
Folders, Notebook Paper & Binders
Crayons, Pencils & Markers
Colored Pencils, Spiral & Comp Notebooks

Other Needed Items:
Duffel Bags
New stuffed animals

As a foster to adoption Mom, I have 1st hand experience with these organizations. What these kids need are calm in the storm, knowing that they are worth having nice things and a nice home. But most of all they need to feel safe and loved!

Please help support the foster kids of the Tampa Bay Area with a donation.

Thank you!

Katie Cauler
MPI Tampa Bay Member
Meetings Academy Committee Member


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Eric Leasure
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