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A Gift of Self

Help ‘Friendz’ provide for children in foster care

Help ‘Friendz’ provide for children in foster care
Members of the Labatt Extension Education Association display the Christmas stockings they made for children in foster care. The stockings will be filled by the Wilson County Foster Care Friendz, who help provide for the needs of children in foster care in Wilson County. Pictured with the stockings are Labatt association members Marylin Marshall and Mata Orth, Extension Agent Michelle Weir, Wilson County Foster Care Friendz member Patty Barber, and association members Dianne Roebuck, Melinda Cokely, and Cindy Kenney.

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December 4, 2013
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This is the first in a series profiling area organizations that help meet needs in our communities.

Wilson County Foster Care Friendz helps provide items for children in foster care in Wilson County.

Operating under the direction of the county judge and commissioners court, the Friendz board receives partial funding through local jurors, who offer their jury duty stipend to help the foster children. The board also holds fund-raisers to assist with the Rainbow Room, a facility equipped with clothes, shoes, diapers, toiletries, and more to help equip children when they are removed from their homes. Each child receives a backpack with a three-day supply of clothing and personal-care items to get the foster family started when the children arrive.

The Friendz board also provides beds, bedding, car seats, and funds to help acquire birth certificates and other necessary documents, among other things needed by foster care families and staff for the children.

The Wilson County Foster Care Friendz is providing Christmas gifts to be distributed with stockings by local staff to the children in foster care. The Labatt Extension Education Association members undertook a special project, making Christmas stockings for the 99 children in foster care in Wilson County.

Find out more about the Wilson County Foster Care Friendz at their booth Saturday, Dec. 7, during Christmas Along the Corridor and Lighted Holiday Parade in downtown Floresville. Food purchases at their booth will help fund their good works. Donations are warmly welcomed!

This is a 501(c)3 organization, with 100 percent of the funds benefiting children in foster care.

For information, call Patty Barber at 830-393-6351.

The Wilson County News does not endorse this organization. This information is provided as a reader service for consideration.

Your organization can be featured here by completing the form, available at by clicking on services and choosing “Gift of Self,” or by emailing, including “Gift of Self” in the subject line.

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