Today is our first familyversary and we could not feel more blessed. Just last year we received the greatest phone call stating “It’s done! The girls are officially yours!” I wrote about our foster care to adoption journey on the post For This Child I Prayed. This past year has been amazing. We have learned more about each other and keep growing as a family. We have shared lots of smiles, laughter, tears, but most importantly we have shared love.
We wanted to celebrate our one year familyversary by giving back to our foster care community. My husband and I have always loathed when children come to us with their belonging in trash bags. They have just been ripped away from everyone and everything they’ve ever known, and now what little personal items they have been able to bring have been placed in a large trash bag implying their things aren’t important. We understand that there are emergency removals and no one is prepared, and the case workers are doing the best they can. During these times case workers may only have access to trash bags. We wanted to end this by helping them. We decided we wanted to donate bags to our local DHS so in these times of emergencies they could grab a duffle bag instead of a trash bag.
As many of you know, the Dropping Anchors Crew loves Together We Rise and what they do for children in foster care. One of their projects is called Sweet Cases. The Sweet Cases project is a fundraiser event where the funds raised go to purchasing duffle bags filled with a stuffed animal, blanket, and hygiene products. You can then individually decorate and fill each bag to donate to your local foster care agency. We chose this project to donate to their previous foster care agency in honor of our girls.
We opened our fundraiser hoping to raise enough money to donate 38 bags which is the equivalent of the amount of months our girls spent in foster care. We chose a 40 day time period to raise the funds. In 5 days we hit our goal! We immediately doubled our goal, making it one bag per each girl for each month spent in foster care. Our entire community got involved: from our work, my oldest daughter’s school, family, friends, and even our chiropractor and her practice! The outpouring of love and support through financial donations has blown us away. The nurses at my work also came together and surprised me by donating many more items to stuff in the bags from small toys, books, hair bows and more. It has been amazing to watch many hearts in our community turn towards foster care.
(Our amazing chiropractor Dr. Jen at ChiroPure is sporting her Together We Rise tee…and yes, this Chiro lifts!)
We eventually raised enough money to sponsor 69 duffle bags! This past Saturday we held our “Palmer’s 1st Familyversary” celebration where friends and family came together to decorate and fill these duffle bags before giving them to our local DHS. It was an amazing time of celebration, fun, and creativity! We were able to deliver these amazing bags to our girls’ previous foster care agency. They were so appreciative but had to do quite a bit of rearranging the office to store all the bags! We think that’s a good problem to have.
I took over the Dropping Anchors Instagram Account on Saturday for #FosterMomDays and shared parts of our day from setting up to decorating, to routine mom stuff. We had an amazing time laughing, coloring, stuffing bags and just being with our loved ones on this special occasion.
Below are more of our “Palmer’s 1st Familyversary” event in pictures:
If you, your company, church or organization is looking for a way to support others in your community, I highly recommend one of Together We Rise’s project. They have projects to support children in foster care with bicycles, scholarships, trips to Disney and more. All projects through Together We Rise can be found here.