Turek’s Plumbing, an Appleton-based plumbing company, donated 5% of their service sales from September 16-29 this year to Foster Forward Together (FFT), an Appleton-based nonprofit. That came to $3,012.23!
FFT used the money to help local foster children feel normal and safe last Christmas by funding a party for them and buying them pillow pets and duffel bags.
Every year in Outagamie and Calumet counties, approximately 150 children from newborns to 18-year-olds are placed in foster care. In emergencies they have to immediately leave their homes with no time to gather clothes, toys or even their toothbrushes.
That’s why FFT bought them pillow pets, so they have something of their own to hold, and a duffel bag to store their belongings.
“Of the six foster children we’ve cared for, none have ever come with anything,” said Emily Lennon, FFT co-founder. She and her husband, Tim, became foster parents in 2008 and launched their nonprofit in June 2013 to support local foster children.
When Ed Turek of Turek’s Plumbing heard that some kids have to leave home with nothing, he knew he had to help. “I felt we had to do what we could to help ease that transition,” he said.
Foster families often have limited incomes and can’t afford many extras. “There’s so much need,” Emily said. “We’re blessed and thankful that Turek’s Plumbing is helping us.”
“Foster families are a very important resource to serve vulnerable families in our community,” said Bridget Wirtz, Foster Care Coordinator for Outagamie County. “They help to maintain a family system – which everyone deserves.”
Turek’s went beyond donations by spreading the word about FFT over the radio and encouraged the community to join them in supporting local foster children and parents.
“Turek’s Give Back Campaign is awesome,” said Bridget. Local foster children and families are sure to agree.
Click here to learn more about Turek’s Give Back Campaign, Foster Forward Together, and how you can help.