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Birthday Boxes

As an advocate for Together We Rise and the work they do for children in foster care, I often talk about “sweet cases.” Sweet Cases are duffel bags that volunteers decorate, fill with comfort items and essentials, and deliver to their local foster agencies. I love that sweet cases are an easy, fun, and valuable way for people to make a difference in lives of children in need. But Together We Rise also offers other ways of helping and today I’d like to highlight their “Birthday Boxes.”

Growing up, I remember birthdays being wonderful days filled with laughter, fun, cake and presents. I would look forward to it every year and count down the weeks until it was June 4th. But the joy that I experienced is not always the case for children in foster care. Krizia, a former foster youth from Texas recalls this... “For me, birthdays just meant one more year in care, sort of like an anniversary. No cake, no balloons, no presents. Just another day that reminded me of how sad I was to be in th…

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