The U.S. foster care system is home to over 400,000 children many of whom have entered the system with few or no possessions of their own. While foster parents are provided a stipend to cover basic needs, it is often not enough to cover all necessities.
The Ticket to Dream Foundation, a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit, was launched in December 2015 to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of foster children in need. The program is designed to provide both in-kind and monetary contributions to non-profit foster care organizations.
A 2011 Heritage Greece Alumna held her second annual collection drive for donations of new shoes in any size or style. Christina said, “Most of the kids have never had a new pair of shoes to call their own, accustomed to only “hammy downs.” For children who have lost their families or have been separated
from their siblings, these donations can mean the world- helping to boost their self-esteem and giving them hope for a brighter future.” She collaborated with Pittsburgh based foster care organizations to improve the lives of foster children raising 200+ of pairs of shoes and over $3,000. Ypapanti Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church and Pittsburgh’s Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church made generous contributions, all matched by Christina’s employer, BNY Mellon. The collective generosity helps kids to “walk in confidence” all year long.
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