Host An Upcoming Drive For Foster Kids!

Foster Kids Shoe Drive

Seattle & Portland: April 27 – June 7

Bend, Medford, Eastern WA, Idaho: March 23 – May 17

Keeping a growing child in properly fitting shoes is never easy. And for nearly 20,000 foster kids in the Northwest, it’s an even tougher fit. The notion of any child trying to run on the playground in shoes that are too tight or overly worn is heartbreaking.

You can help area foster kids put their best foot forward by hosting your own Sleep Country Foster Kids Shoe Drive. It’s an easy way to give back to your community while leaving the heavy lifting of planning and promotion to us. Read on for more details and information about how to get started!

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How it Works

1. Spread the Word About Your Donation Drive

Get the word out about your drive by talking to friends, neighbors, family and coworkers.

Send emails and use your social network to encourage even more people to donate new pajamas for foster kids of all ages.. Below is a sample email and a sample Facebook post for you to use.

Hang posters in high-traffic areas or distribute to potential donors at gatherings.

Talk up your collection drive at staff meetings, kids’ soccer games, community events or religious gatherings. Send an announcement in your work newsletter or slip the information into a meeting agenda.


2. Collect Your Donations

Create a central place to collect donations, whether it’s your home, a community center or the lobby at work. Clearly mark containers for donation drop-offs.

If a cash donation is preferred, consider starting a personal campaign on our website and asking friends, family and co-workers to donate online through your fundraising page.


3. Drop Off Your Donations to the Nearest Sleep Country USA

Donations are accepted at all of our Sleep Country locations. Use our store locator to find the most convenient drop-off location for you.


4. Share Your Success

Provide us with your name, contact information and a short story about your efforts, and we’ll share your generous story on Facebook and on our website. You deserve the recognition, and it shows other community members that they can make a difference, too!
Email fosterkids@sleepcountry.com


Resources

Need more supplies, information or support?  Contact us at fosterkids@sleepcountry.com or 253-236-0921.


Sample Email

To: Friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, PTA

Subject: Help local foster children make great strides with new shoes!

Hi there,

Foster children are often removed from their homes with only the clothes on their backs. For foster families, this means quickly replenishing essentials items such as clothing, coats, pajamas, and even properly fitting shoes. It’s heartbreaking to imagine any child running on the playground in shoes that are extremely worn out or painfully tight.

That’s why I’m supporting the Sleep Country Shoe Drive for Foster Kids this year. With the help of non-profit foster care partners, the Sleep Country Foster Kids program takes in donations and disperses them to those children most in need throughout the Northwest. My goal is to collect (number) pairs of new shoes for children of various ages and all sizes, and I need your help!

Donations of new shoes in all sizes, from toddler to teen, can be dropped off at (insert location), and I will take them to Sleep Country. I have fun shopping and always find great deals that allow me to buy one or two more items, but if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, you can always donate online, and the shopping will be done on your behalf.

Let me know if you have questions!

Thanks,

(insert name)


Sample Facebook Post

Help me put a spark back in the step of a foster child! Via the Sleep Country Foster Kids Shoe Drive, I would like to collect (insert goal #) pairs of new shoes for kids of all ages. I’m collecting donations at (insert drop off location) through (insert date). http://www.sleepCountryfosterkids.org


Sample Poster

Shoe Drive Poster

Download Poster PDF (Size 3M)

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