Did you know there are almost 5,000 kids in Arkansas’ foster care system today? There is a huge need for 2,000 more foster families, and 375 children are waiting to be adopted into a loving forever family. Because of the shortage of families, nearly 200 teens will “age out” of the system this year and enter into adulthood without having found a family to support and encourage them.
Not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but we can all do something… walk, raise funds or donate! Join our team for the walk and donate to support our team’s efforts here.
St. Basil, the Great is often credited with the invention of the orphanage. He reminds us:
When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.
Learn more about Walk for the waiting here.
Sign-up to join our team on the walk here.
Donate to support our team’s fund raising here.