As many of us get ready to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, it is a good time to think “not only” of those who will go without a gift but those who go without a family every single day of the year.
Right now, there are close to half a million children in Foster Care nationally and 2,700 of those kids are here in the state of Utah. They are waiting, patiently, for a place to call home because it’s never too late for a deserving child to find a family.
The need is for more adults to be inspired to foster a child of their own. More and more kids are pouring into foster care shelters due to substance abuse and neglect by their birth parents. Sadly, fewer than half will find a licensed foster or adoptive family willing to take them in, even for a few months.
It is a heart-breaking dilemma when you consider that 3.2 million families fostered or adopted a homeless pet in 2017.
Brandy Vega, the founder and president of the Good Deeds Revolution, a non-profit organization focused on promoting good deeds throughout the world, and also a foster mom brings that comparison home in shocking fashion in a series of Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) she is releasing nationally on Dec 18th, 2017.
In the PSA’s, produced and directed by Vega, viewers realize that the new pet a family appears to be searching for at the local animal shelter, is really a foster child in desperate need of a home and loving family. Nearly half of the children featured in the PSA were foster children who found a family.
The PSA’s, designed to wake people up to a growing crisis in our country, were created on a ZERO budget. Every single person involved volunteered their time, talent, equipment, and ideas in hopes of making a difference.
The message is that anyone with a desire and the means to love and care for a child, can be a foster parent. Single moms or dads and members of the LGBTQ community are welcome to apply.
You can screen the PSA’s at www.gooddeedrevolution.org and contact Brandy Vega for more information and interviews.
14 year old Nick Ross, from Kaysville, Utah defied the odds by walking over 30 miles across the Wyoming plains honoring the pioneers…16 miles in just one day!
Doctors feared Nick would struggle walking to classes in school
His family thought he would be pulled in a cart but he had different plans.
He has Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia or HSP. It’s a progressive neuro muscular disease. It limits mobility, speech and causes hearing loss. Despite blisters and pain, he pushed through even conquering rocky ridge! He refused to give up. His mom was amazing since Nick struggled on a short hike earlier this year.
Was it a miracle? A boys determination or did angels and ancestors help help him across the plains. You be the judge.