SKA and OHEL Team up to Help Provide for Foster Care Children
Throughout the month of May, students from SKA high school in Long Island have donated books and school supplies to benefit the children in OHELâ€™s foster program.
Yedida Holzer, a Junior in SKA, always had a passion for reading. She never took for granted the fact that she had the means to buy herself new books when she wanted, and that she was able to obtain whatever she needed in order to succeed in life. She wanted to find a way to give back, and spoke to her father about different volunteer opportunities. Her father told her about foster care children, and Yedida quickly learnt about OHEL and their award winning foster care program.
Yedida reached out to OHEL, and together they set up the SKA book and school supply drive for foster children. To kick off the drive, Suzy Libin, an OHEL Foster Parent, gave a stirring speech to all of the girls, and told them about her experiences as an OHEL foster parent.
The girls from SKA learnt that foster children come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, and just like everyone else, foster kids just want to feel like normal, regular children. Therefore, the donations would be anonymous, and although they wonâ€™t meet the children who benefit from their generous gifts, they can feel good about themselves for doing something important and invaluable, by improving the life of a foster child.
It is important to remember that foster children find themselves in foster care through no fault of their own, but rather from external circumstances. These children donâ€™t need pity, but rather support and encouragement, which the girls from SKA have generously contributed.