AmeriCorps is getting ready for Thanksgiving! This year we are taking cards and handprint turkeys to the hospitals while also having a food drive at the Children’s Home to donate to shelters! How do you like to help and give back for Thanksgiving?
Becca, a member turned staff, will be the first one to say that her mom is amazing! Being a single mom is tough but Kelli has taken it all in stride. At one point Kelli worked four jobs on top of keeping up with two very active kids. She didn’t miss a single baseball game of Becca’s younger brother or a single performance when Becca did color guard in high school. Kelli also takes the title “mom” very seriously and takes in each and every person that walks through her door as if they were her own. There has been more than one occasion where Becca had come home after work to see her friends sitting on the couch with her mom. Kelli loves her children’s friends unconditionally and makes sure she sees them as often as she can. It’s easy to see why Kelli is Becca’s superhero!
As a writer, Becca also admires author J.K Rowling. Harry Potter has been life changing for her and she feels she can relate to some of J.K Rowling’s struggles, which helps Becca accept some things about her life. Not to mention, she would love to be as successful with her writing as J.K is!
Let us know who your superhero is! Be sure to tag us on Instagram and tag it #superselfies!
In roughly four months, the biggest event for Fostering Transitions: AmeriCorps takes place and everyone is already gearing up! Fleece has been bought, scissors are being sharpened, and hundred of donation letters and event flyers are being made. What exactly is Keepsacks for Kids? It is an annual project that collects fleece and hygiene supplies to then make blankets and hygiene kits for all the local shelters. Unfortunately, there is a huge need and we make hundreds upon hundreds of blankets and over a thousand hygiene kits. This is where the community comes in. We need donations. And a lot of them. We need fleece, hygiene supplies, scissors, bags, socks, and even gift cards can be very very helpful! We have gotten pretty creative with how we go about getting our help and this year we’re thinking about having groups sponsor a blanket. You can get together a group of your friends, your family, your coworkers, neighbors, and school mates, each chip a few dollars and make a no-sew blanket that can then go to someone in need.
Right now, it’s hard to think about anyone needing a blanket. The weather has been sweltering hot lately and all you want to do is sit in front of a fan. I get it. But just a couple of months ago, we were all bundled up in layers, still dealing with a polar vortex. There are people without layers who need a little extra. If this is something that you would like to be a part of, feel free to contact us on here. We will be sure to keep everyone updated on what we having going on and will be hopefully starting an Instagram soon so that everyone can enjoy the process with us.
Now that we are into October, Keepsacks is growing closer and closer. There are donations arriving, hygiene items being inventoried, and blankets being sorted. In just a couple short weeks, there will be many volunteers gathered in the East Peoria High School cafeteria finishing blankets and putting together hundreds of hygiene kits. There will be breakfast, lunch, and a raffle for volunteers, along with a sense of pride in a day of volunteering.
What is Keepsacks?
Keepsacks is an annual event where AmeriCorps members and volunteers from the community get together and make hundreds of fleece blankets and hygiene kits to deliver to shelters in the Peoria Area. From there, these blankets and kits are given to families, children, teens, and adults to give them something that’s not only their own, but something to give them comfort. Times are tough right now, especially with the government shut down and more people without pay. Food is going to be harder to put on the table, some heat will be shut off for those who need help the most, and these people will be turning to anyone for help. That’s where we step in. For months we have been getting things together for this and on October 19 we will donate all of these items to those who need it the most.
If you are in the Peoria Area, we ask you to join us from anytime starting after 8:30. Pick up for the shelters begins at 3:30 and we will need help then also. There will be breakfast, lunch, and drinks for volunteers and a raffle for prizes as a thank you. Or if you would like to donate items, there is still time to donate any of the hygiene supplies or fleece for blankets. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.