Fairview partners with the non-profit organization, Fostering Hope, to provide a clothing ministry to local kids in foster care, as well as any people in need of basic clothing items, diapers, toiletries, etc.  We call this ministry The Caring Closet, and it’s located in the building located just north of the church. This is a place where people who love God can serve Him by serving others. 

Fostering Hope works to partner with churches and other community organizations to embrace Jeremiah 29;11 by providing support and encouragement to local kids in foster care, their foster parents and biological parents, and the workers at Jasper County Children’s Division. One of the most practical ways to do this is to help meet the physical needs of kids in care. Donations of furniture, strollers, clothing, toys, diapers, wipes and toiletries are organized at The Caring Closet, which is then open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon for foster parents to visit and get what they need for free.  The Caring Closet is also open for any people in the community who are in need of these basic essentials, and partners with the school’s Bright Futures organization.

How can you get involved? 

*Volunteer!  The Caring Closet is operated by volunteers, and can use more hands.  It’s easy to help sort clothing, place on hangers and sort by sizes.  You can contact the church office, or Jenny Worrall, for information on volunteering. 

*Serve in other ways!  Organize your home group to make meals for foster parents that have taken in new placements.  Write encouraging notes to the workers who face difficult situations every day.  Serve at the Back to School event that our church hosts.  There are many ways to serve in this ministry, and we’d be happy to give you ideas, or hear yours. 

*Donate!  At this time, we are only accepting donations of gently used children’s clothing.  The need for adult clothing is not as great, and we have an ample supply.  There’s always a need for cribs, beds, dressers, high chairs, strollers, etc.  All items must not have a recall and must meet current safety standards. You can drop off donations at The Caring Closet on Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-noon. 

*Pray!  Continue to keep the kids in our community who have been displaced from their homes in your prayers.  Pray that the foster homes they are entering will show the love of Jesus to these kids. 

*Consider supporting Fostering Hope!  Fostering Hope does much more besides operating the two Caring Closet locations in Jasper County, including foster parent training, support groups, teen events, funding special needs that arise (help with braces, band trips, prom), aid in transitioning graduated teens into independent living, and so much more.  Your financial donation will help Fostering Hope continue with these programs. 

If you, or anyone you know, is in need of clothing items, please contact the church office or come to The Caring Closet during our regular Saturday hours.  We are happy to help anyone who needs assistance. 

For more information, e-mail Jenny Worrall at jenny@fostering-hope.com 

Or visit the Fostering Hope website, http://www.fostering-hope.com