Making a Difference in the Lives of Foster Kids: Dollar Drive 2017
It’s no secret that extracurricular activities are a vital part of the overall growth and development process for all children. Between school clubs, dance classes, sports teams and everything in between, extra-circulars often have a positive effect on behavior, attendance, motivation and academic performance. They also provide an opportunity for children to forge new friendships, express themselves freely and experience a sense of pride in their work beyond the classroom.
Unfortunately, for the tens of thousands of foster kids nationwide, those opportunities aren’t always within reach.
Did you know?
- 30% of foster youth perform below grade level
- Between one-third and two-thirds of foster youth drop out of school before earning a high school diploma
- Foster children are more likely to have behavioral problems, resulting in higher rates of both suspensions and expulsions
Far too many foster children struggle with issues associated with academics, behavior and identity. But participating in extracurricular activities helps combat those issues – that’s where Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ Dollar Drive comes in!
How You Can Help
Now through April 2, your local Mattress Firm is collecting monetary donations to turn dreams into realities, providing local foster children with opportunities to take part in those very experiences – the memories of which tend to last a lifetime.
No matter how big or how small, your donation will truly make a difference in the life of a foster child. Resources available to foster families don’t always cover life shaping experiences like dance classes, sports teams or even attending camps to be reunited with their siblings. Your support gives foster children an opportunity to fit in their peers, which can be especially difficult as they often move from home to home – with little to no advance notice – up to three or more times in a year.
It’s difficult enough to start a life in a new community, attending a new school with no familiar faces, so you can imagine hard it must feel to fit in. With the Dollar Drive, you have an opportunity to reshape that experience and provide those children with the confidence to bloom.
So what are you waiting for? You can donate online or use our store locator to find the Mattress Firm location nearest you. After all, not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child.
Learn More About Mattress Firm Foster Kids Year-Round Drives
In addition to the Dollar Drive, Mattress Firm Foster Kids host year-round collection drives for essentials like new clothing, shoes and school supplies. Donations are collected through the Ticket to Dream Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, and after each of the six annual donation drives, proceeds stay in the community where donated and are distributed to carefully chosen local nonprofit foster care partners.
Mattress Firm Foster Kids also partners with generous donors from companies and groups who host their own drives through campaigns and events.