When a group of lovely ladies who don’t want any recognition at all, crocheted 38 sets of hats and scarves and packed them with love in baggies and red tissue paper and sent them to us….we were over the moon with joy. What tells a child more than a hand made warm-and-cuddly item, that someone is thinking of them? Really nothing! 🙂
As usual we can’t show you any faces …. but we think this picture is worth a thousand words.
The winter took us to BAM film festival where we had 3 large groups of children and their caregivers enjoy awesome films!
We applied for Corcoran Cares Grant in the winter and we got word in the summer that we will RECEIVE it in 2019! Thank you for Wendy Stark for helping us through the process.
We took large groups to Teknopolis … …. Dance Africa …. (our children are not in these photos as we are not allowed to use them on our website! The photos you see on our website we take and cover their faces, or show others around them at an event, or get photos from the events themselves! This is just another reason our population is so invisible. It is considered illegal to use their likeness because their parents have not approved it and they are under 18 and are wards of the state. In other words the state is their parent and they will not approve them being used on the web. It is considered exploitation. So we do our best! News organizations do have exceptions…which is why the more news coverage #FOSTERCARE can get .. the better!) We also sent one emancipated student to a Cherry Lane theatre acting class! A small but powerful dream come true! THANKS for squeezing us in Reed! 🙂
This was just our first half of the year! Stay tuned for our second half.
TOY DRIVE was huge success! We collected 3 times as many toys as 2017!
In December we said: TOY DRIVE 2018 is in full swing!
You can donate new toys for any ages at the lobby of 36 west 44th Street, between 6th Ave and 5th Ave….or the Signature Theatre on 42nd street between 10th Avenue and 9th Avenue.
New and unwrapped. Any age group. Let’s make this the biggest one yet! Last year we got a letter from the commissioner:
We bring the toys to the ACS Children’s Center where all ages go when they get pulled out of their homes. The Center houses them until a proper foster family can be found. This can be days or weeks or months. Our mission with the toys is to give them a few minutes of happiness while they chose a toy to bring with them to their new foster home.
Our first ever Holiday Toy Drive was such a success!
When a child gets pulled from their dangerous living situation they often get placed in the Children’s Center while waiting for a foster home. They are scared and sad. We decided to give them a few minutes of distraction and hopefully happiness by letting them choose a toy and bring it with them to their new home.
How did this start?
Painted Angel overlooks our Human Angels!
The angels at the Signature Theatre organized the first one for us.
Left to Right: Molly Shoemaker, Frank Gambino, Colleen Hughes, Sarah Lang
It started with a bin….
…and a few toys from patrons and staff …
… and bloomed in to a wonderful experience and inventory fun. Many thanks to Colleen Hughes and ACS!
Then another surprise happened as Nancy Sing Bock from neighboring PS51 brought over a group of students with a load of toys! Ms. Bock had walked by the Signature theatre many times on her way to her school and one day saw the sign for the FYD Toy Drive. She wanted her children to understand service and ‘giving’ first hand so they organized their very own toy drive! Literally the day before everyone scattered for the holidays, this group came by with yet another load of toys and the Signature staff and FYD was in happy and humble shock.
THANK YOU TO ALL AND LET’S KEEP THE TOYS COMING! CONTACT ME TO FIND OUT HOW TO DONATE TOYS TO US! sue wolf at foster your dream dot org (all smushed together!)
What better way to warm up on a cold day but to go to the Signature Theatre (Thanks Colleen Hughes!) and catch a performance of Old Hats and then hang out with the Cast! As usual, we can not show the faces of our young friends so pardon our privacy boxes! 2/2015
SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE IN THE CAST WHO PAID SPECIAL ATTENTION TO OUR GUESTS!!!
As the sign says, Foster Your Dream was invited to see BIG FISH, the MUSICAL and it was BEAUTIFUL and GLORIOUS! 90 happy and lucky children got to take in the Broadway Show on a Saturday Night!
The singing and dancing and story were the favorite parts for the children. One little girl announced her favorite was the Mermaid. For the adults the amazing performances (some will probably garner a Tony Award) the sets and the poignant story brought us to tears!
As usual, we can not show you the faces of the children until we get permission, but while we were waiting outside it began to snow and I snapped a few stealthy photos while the children were enchanted by the first falling flakes of the season.
Waiting for Big Fish watching snowflakes
Happy But Shy!
Darrell Williams and Deidra Sutton lead the way for ACS while Sue Wolf and Sarahbeth Grossman and Donald Yonker volunteered to greet and organize the groups as they arrived. We will update this post with more information but the Bronx and Queens were handsomely represented in this magical outing!
The Greeting Committee
Darrell Williams, Sue Wolf, Deidra Sutton
Many thanks to all who donated money, tickets, time and energy. Katie Pope and Heidi Neven you were angels to make this happen. As was Sean (house manager) and the box office staff! To the Producers and the Cast and Crew and Orchestra we say “the show was AMAZING and we all had the BEST TIME! THANK YOU!”~ Sue Wolf Founder
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