Host An Upcoming Drive For Foster Kids!

School Drive

July 20 - September 6

The start of a new school year should be an exciting and hopeful time for all children. But for nearly 20,000 foster kids in the Northwest, a sudden change of homes can mean starting over at a new school without the necessary tools and supplies. Simple yet essential items such as a comfy new backpack, a box of sharp crayons and a colorful new binder can give foster children the confidence they need to make a fresh start at a new school.

You can help local foster children feel prepared in the classroom by hosting your own Sleep Country Foster Kids School Drive. It’s a great 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 get the school supplies they need to succeed!

Hi there,

Did you know that foster children can change homes — and schools — multiple times a year, leaving them feeling unprepared and uncertain in the classroom?
The start of a new school year should be full of promise and excitement for all children. But for foster children who are entering a new school without the supplies they need to succeed, it can be a scary and stressful time. 

That’s why I’m supporting the Sleep Country Foster Kids School Drive this year. With the help of  nonprofit foster organization 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) new school supply items for children of various ages and grade levels, and I need your help!

Donations of backpacks, paper, pens, crayons, pencils, rulers, calculators, dictionaries and more 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.

I hope you’ll join me in my effort to make this school year a success for local foster kids! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

(insert name)


Sample Facebook Post

Help local foster children start the school year off right with new school supplies! Via the Sleep Country Foster Kids School Drive, I would like to collect (insert goal #) school supply items. I’m collecting donations at (insert drop-off location) through (insert date).


Sample Poster

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Sleep Country Foster Kids School Drive Poster

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