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Fashion for Fosters

an incredible journey led by two local mothers to help those in need

Many of us know and love the feeling of shopping and buying that new outfit. Can you believe that there are many children in our own community that have never had that experience? Furthermore, there are children here who are placed in foster care and often times show up on the doorstep of their new foster home with nothing but the clothes on their backs. A majority of foster families have multiple children in their home and buying an entire wardrobe for each child can be expensive! 

This hit home to sisters-in-law Ericah and Sabrina Brinson. After becoming foster parents they decided to come up with a way to help. When Ericah, Sabrina, and their husbands first started fostering, they sometimes found themselves in need of certain items in which they would share with the community. The influx of people who were offering support was overwhelming. They started getting multiple offers so they would take the extra items and work with other foster families in need, and the donations just started to multiply! The power of social media started connecting so many families with things they needed from clothing, to furniture, to toys. 

This is when Ericah and Sabrina felt it placed on their hearts to have a facility where foster families could access these donations. They took their idea to social media to see if anyone was willing to help make this dream become a reality. Within 24 hours, someone offered to pay for a storage unit for an entire year, and they had enough funding to build shelves and get storage containers in the unit! The ladies started working with local businesses by putting boxes at their stores where people could drop off items. They would then pick them up and take the items to the storage unit where foster families could go and take what they needed. The active and compassionate community became so involved that they quickly outgrew the storage unit.  Within a short time, the storage unit was so overcrowded that they opened up a storefront... A storefront! Two moms trying to do good, ended up opening and running a store filled with donations where foster families could come get anything they needed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Not only did they create this resource to provide the tangible needs for these families, but it ended up forming a community where foster and adoptive parents could connect with each other and garner support from one another. 

Just hitting six years, the ladies are starting to make changes to the Treasure Coast Foster Closet, with new announcements in the works & coming soon. One thing that isn’t changing though is their favorite part of the journey, their Christmas event. 

What started as a small event hosted at their store front with just a few tables full of new toys, has grown to an event that served over 500 kids this past Christmas! It has become something that the foster parents and the community look forward to being a part of each year. They solicit local businesses, churches, schools, groups, and more, to host toy drives in the Fall to collect new, unwrapped toys. They collect thousands of toys and allow the foster parents to come “shop” for the children in their home. To become a part of this event, or to learn about other ways to get involved with their organization, you can visit their Facebook group Treasure Coast Foster Closet, or send them an email at tcfostercloset@gmail.com

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