I appreciate the shoe drive for foster children Sleep Country is sponsoring. Some commercials were a bit misleading, however. The poor child saying, "I've never had a pair of new shoes," was heartbreaking but should be untrue.
As a former foster parent, I was given an allowance not only for food and care, but also for clothing. There were also emergency clothing funds available for children who came to me with absolutely no clothing.
If the children aren't getting new shoes, then Child Protective Services should be checking on the foster parents as to how the money is being spent.
My concern is for teens aging out of the foster care program, still in high school, having no where to go and no food, clothing, furniture, etc. These are things need so they can finish school and go on to college and make a good life for themselves and their future families.
We have many homeless people in the Tri-Cities. There are many reasons for homelessness. Many of us are one paycheck from being homeless ourselves.
Please consider these programs as well and support them in whatever ways you can. Drop off extra food at the food banks, donate to the shelters in the area, volunteer your time if you are retired or not working.
Penny Smith, Kennewick