Middletown Supports Children in Foster Care
In October, the Middletown team partnered with local organizations, Children & Youth Services of Dauphin County, PA and Backpacks of Hope, to help kids placed into foster care.
Backpacks of Hope provides filled backpacks to Children and Youth agencies to be distributed to children entering foster care. Naomi’s Closet of Hope (also part of the program) maintains a storage unit of clothing and supplies for children at-risk, foster, and adoptive families free of charge. Dauphin County Social Services for Children & Youth is responsible for the management and delivery of a coordinated program of public social services to protect the health and safety of children and youth.
At syncreon Middletown, donation boxes were set up in the breakrooms, flyers explaining the program were created, and announcements were made at pre-shift meetings. Many team members shopped and donated items for this special project. The site also purchased kids-sized backpacks with the syncreon logo.
The team then put together 10 backpacks (5 boys and 5 girls) for recipients ranging from newborn to 4 years old. Each backpack included pajamas, a stuffed animal, book, blanket, flashlight, toothbrush, toothpaste, baby lotion, and body wash. When children enter into foster care they don’t arrive with much. These items provide a bit of comfort and support during the transition, so the children can better adjust to their new environment.
This initiative is a great example of how syncreon teams can make a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable. Well done Middletown!