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“SANTA” delivers holiday cheer to 300 kids in foster care

 

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MURRAY, Utah – Some foster children in Utah won’t have to go without this holiday season, thanks to airmen from Hill Air Force Base and athletes from the University of Utah.

They’re part of Utah Foster Care’s Santa’s Brigade. Their mission is to make the holidays a little brighter for kids who are trying to adjust to a new home.

Santa’s Brigade spread holiday cheer to 300 kids in foster care in Northern Utah as University of Utah athletes delivered Christmas trees and decorations.

“Everything was donated, so all it takes is manpower,” said Stevenson Sylvester, former Pittsburgh Steeler & U of U football player. “Just to see their excitement today when we deliver these trees is just going to be epic.”

Airmen from the 419th and 388th showered kids with nearly 800 gifts.

“We’re here to bless all the families with things they don’t have or more that they need,” said Tech Sgt. Neysa Henson.

The volunteers use their own vacation time to be part of this special day.

“I am so humbled that they take time out of their schedules, they use their personal resources, they take personal leave to come make a difference in the lives of these kids,” said Karrie Scott, a foster parent.

Scott has adopted six children from foster care.

“Sometimes the families have made bad choices,” she said. “The parents are struggling with something, but that’s not the kids’ fault.”

To see their faces light up during a challenging time is the best gift she could ask for.

“Everybody deserves a home, everybody deserves to be loved,” she said.

For more information about ways to donate to Utah Foster Care, click here.

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New campaign puts a face on foster care in southern Utah, public invited

Foster Care Kids Need Love Too

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ST. GEORGE – Utah Foster Care Foundation is hosting a public forum for those wanting to know what it’s really like to be a foster parent or a child in foster care. The public is invited to meet foster families face-to-face at the free public forum in St. George on Feb. 20.

St. George and Cedar City families have a chance to hear the experiences of actual Utah foster families

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Through Utah Foster Care’s latest outreach campaign, St. George and Cedar City families have a chance to hear the experiences of actual Utah foster families. In southwest Utah, there are 270 children in foster care, nearly half of them age 11 and above.

“We have a new effort underway to find foster families in the St. George area,” the Foster Care Foundation Communications Manager Deborah Lindner said.

The integrated media campaign, “Utah Foster Care Changed My Life,” features teens adopted through foster care and their foster parents in 30-second spots appearing on social media and in movie theater screens in St. George and Cedar City. The spots direct viewers to “hear more” in online videos on Utah Foster Care’s website.

“Foster families are the best people to recruit other foster parents,” Foster Family Recruiter Debbie Hofhines said. “They offer perspective that no one else can give, through their own experiences, in their own words.”

Event Recap and Resources

What: “Foster Care Changed My Life” Public Forum

When: Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Utah Foster Care offices, 491 East Riverside Drive, #2B, St. George

Contact and registration: 435-656-8065

Dinner provided. RSVP by Feb.18. Free and open to the public.