The Care Box Project is a gift project where we fill care boxes with essential items like toothbrushes and hair care supplies and fun things like legos and dolls for kids who are first coming into foster care. These boxes are distributed to DCYF offices and private agencies across the South Sound region.
GIVE TO KIDS COMING INTO FOSTER CARE
When children come into foster care it is normally an emergency situation and they come with nothing. They have just the items they could quickly fit into a black garbage bag or the items that are donated to them by the local police department.
WHY GIVE A CARE BOX?
Many of the children entering foster care must wait in a Child Welfare office for around two hours while a social worker works hard to find a suitable foster or kinship home for them to live while the department and parents work together to make the safest plan for returning home.
This is a time of high stress and uncertainty for kids. This Care Box filled with age-appropriate items will help occupy their time and will go with them into their new foster or kinship home.
The essential items in the box will help the foster or kinship parents focus on caring for the child without having to run to the store to grab things like new underwear, socks and toiletries.
HOW IT WORKS
PICK-UP A BOX
We have two great options: The full size boxes and the smaller Beauty Boxes.
If you are in the Olympia area. Schedule a pick-up time.
Email to schedule.
We have removed a lot of the guess work by providing lists for each age group. Please buy all the items on the essentials list and choose whatever extras that you feel like a child or youth would love. A fun idea is do a theme for your box - like a Spiderman or unicorns or choose a color.
Have fun filling your box(s) individually, as a small group, as a family or as a business. Imagine the child who will receive your box. What would they need in an emergency situation. What would make them feel loved, seen and cared for on a very hard day.
Return the box(s). We will check them before distributing them to DCYF offices, police stations and private agencies across the South Sound.
FOLLOW THE SHOPPING LIST
FILL YOUR BOX
RETURN THE BOX
WAYS TO GIVE
Care Box - The Care Box is full of essential items, plus fun extras. Cost $40-$50 to fill.
Beauty Box - This box is full of hair care products for kids with textured hair.
Cost $15-$20 to fill.
THE CARE BOX
Making a Care Box is a simple way to help comfort a child entering foster care and its a great opportunity to involve the whole family in care for foster kids in our community.
THE BEAUTY BOX
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BOX
This summer Compelled to Care received an email about a young girl who was in foster care. She was losing her hair due to not having the right products for her hair textured hair. This was a need we could meet so we ran to Target and bought her all the products and tools she needed. We wanted to make sure this girl felt beautiful and seen.
WHAT GOES IN A BEAUTY BOX?
Here is a simple guide for filling your Beauty Box! Please include everything listed.
Fill the box with these hair care items:
Cantu Kids Nourishing Shampoos
Cantu Leave-in Conditioner
Cantu Hair Oil
Wide Tooth Comb or Wet Brush
*Cantu is a popular brand; however, there are other great brands available.
WHERE CAN I BUY THESE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS?
These hair care products are available at most large retail stores and independent beauty stores near you!
WHY THIS MATTERS
It’s important that foster parents are equipped with the right tools to care for their foster children. Sometimes not being familiar with how to do hair that is different from our own and not knowing what tools to buy can be a real barrier. This new Beauty Box will remove that barrier by providing the essential items needed for caring and styling beautiful curly textured hair.
HOW TO GET YOUR BUSINESS, CHURCH OR ORGANIZATION INVOLVED
Schedule a pick-up time and we will get you as many boxes and shopping lists as you need. Email to schedule a pick-up time.
We’d love to equip you to serve your local DCYF offices and foster kids. Here are all the print outs you will need and a link to Uline for the box sizes you will need to purchase.