BOISE, ID — The organization, Fostering Christmas started five years ago when Shaun Buck says he spoke with a local social worker. He says there was a need for Christmas gifts for children who came into the foster care system after Thanksgiving. He says so far this year; they've helped more than 190 kids in Ada and Canyon counties since Thanksgiving. Each gift has three wishes for a child. Fostering Christmas also works with the Boise Police Special Victims Unit. One moment, in particular, sticks out in his mind.
"It was on Christmas eve, and it was an hour, or so you know before all the stores were going to close. This little girl walks over and gets a baby doll. You know, one that you might see a four or five-year-old girl carrying around. She grabs this baby doll, and I see her, and she walks right out and walks over to the couch in my lobby and sits down and weeps as her whole world around her had just changed in an instant. Here she was Christmas eve, and she was just so scared and so alone," Shaun Buck, Fostering Christmas.
"If we can't take care of the kids, these kids who are innocent, who are vulnerable. It was not their fault that mom or dad did something incorrectly and that these kids now no longer get to be at home at Christmas. It wasn't their fault. These are the vulnerable ones. These are the kids that not as many people are looking out for them, and so I feel like we have this obligation to take care of them."
Fostering Christmas works up until Christmas Eve to get kids gifts. To help out head here, https://www.fosteringchristmas.org/