On June 24, there was a pop-up event benefiting foster care families in Webster County. The event was hosted by Webster County, MO: The Forgotten Initiative (T.F.I.) and in partnership with Sammy’s Window. T.F.I is a local program that aids foster families in Webster County. The event was held in the afternoon with Sammy’s Window bringing food, toiletries, paper towels, and paperwork for those wishing to adopt or foster.
Sammy’s Window, under FosterAdopt Connect Springfield, works to provide families with the tools needed to help raise foster and adoptive children. Sammy’s Window has been running strong for 29 years as a direct service that delivers supplies to foster, kinship, and guardianship families.
Founded by Mark Hays, Sammy’s Window was named in honor of Mark’s father Samuel (Sammy) Hays, who was a foster child.
“My dad actually lived on a farm about six miles from Marshfield when he was a foster kid” Hays recalled.
T.F.I. has been involved with Webster County for six years, helping out foster families with clothing, diapers, food, and even holiday shopping. When asked why she started working with T.F.I., Pam Chapman, a Coordinator for T.F.I, explained “God laid it on my heart to do this. Before this, I had no connection to the foster system. It’s very humbling to be able to help out families. In the same vein, we are so blessed with volunteers and donors.”
If interested in severing or volunteering with the foster care system, The Webster County, Mo: The Forgotten Initiative would be a great place to start. The organization is always in need of diapers, wipes, and premature baby clothing. For further details on donations or volunteering, reach out to Megan Partridge TFI Advocate at their Facebook page under Webster County, Mo: The Forgotten Initiative or their website www.theforgotteninitiative.org/webstermo/
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