Group asks givers to keep foster, adoptive kids in mind

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

With the endless hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday giving, one local organization wants residents to consider "an often overlooked" group.

"Everyone has a special organization and charity at Christmas," said Joey Roberts, secretary of the Lee County Foster and Adoptive Family Association. "Not a lot of people think about the foster kids. We have more foster kids in the system than we have homes for. We do have kids who need help and to show there is love out there."

Roberts and the other association members will  host an invitation-only Christmas dinner for the children and their families this Friday at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Roberts is asking for donations to fill Christmas stockings so the children have presents during the dinner.

"We try and make sure the kids have a Christmas stocking," she said. "This is the time of year when we can get to these kids."

Reaching the children at a young age is important so they don't need to make poor decisions that can be detrimental to themselves and society once they age out of the foster care system, Roberts said.

"For some reason, this time of year seems to be magical," she said. "Their hearts are softer at Christmas — [they think] that maybe there is someone who will love and care for us."

People can drop of donations or toys at 1017 S. Fourth St. or call (919) 579-9250.

"We are asking for Christmas stockings for boys or girls," she said. "We have a mixture of boys and girls from three months to 17 years. The kids love their candy and gift certificates."