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Macomb Foster Closet seeks Santa Clauses to fill stockings for foster children – Macomb Daily

Macomb Foster Closet is looking for savvy Black Friday shoppers with the spirit of Santa Claus to give stockings full of gifts to more than 300 local foster children.

Macomb Foster Closet chairman Kevin McAlpine said that since the organization has distributed about 300 Easter baskets to foster children this year, it is estimated that more than 300 Christmas stockings full of gifts will be needed for the holiday season.

“We have slots for donors to select Christmas stockings. Sometimes one or two offices get together and put 10 or 20 together. They choose different age ranges and suggestions,” McAlpine said.

Macomb Foster Closet, located at 196 North Rose St. in Mount Clemens, is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free clothing and other essentials to children in foster care and the families who care for them. McAlpine said that while foster families receive a small stipend from the state to care for their foster children, it’s generally not enough to cover most of the costs, especially given inflation.

“Macomb Foster Closet helps to fill the gaps, to make it possible for foster homes to fully provide their children with things, clothes, other necessities, items such as shoes, food, hats, gloves, school supplies, hygiene items,” said McAlpine . .

Macomb Foster Closet also offers additional services throughout the year, such as birthday bags, backpacks and Easter baskets. McAlpine said this helps make extras more affordable for families, especially larger families, and allows them to reallocate budget funds to other resources.

Information for shoppers and donors can be found through links on macombfostercloset.org. The website also provides details on the Christmas program and details on how to register for an appointment to donate and return holiday stockings on the following dates:

•Nov. 19 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
•Nov. 22 between 6 and 8 p.m
•Nov. 28 between 6 and 8 p.m

Not only are November dates useful for the extensive Black Friday shoppers who search online and in-store for deals available before, during, or after Black Friday, but they also help Macomb Foster Closet volunteers organize and label stockings .

“So the Christmas stuff is already in the shops, which is handy. And by getting the stuff between the last half of November, it really allows our volunteers to go through it and organize it, tailor it to the kids coming in and the families, and to give them the stuff for the first few weeks of December,” MacAlpine said.

Anyone needing age categories or ideas for gifts can also find information on the website, with ideas for ages 2 and under to ages 11 and up.

Donations of individual items rather than a whole stocking full are also welcome. More information can be obtained by contacting macombfostercloset@gmail.com. Volunteers can make stockings from random individual items that are donated and prepare them for collection by foster homes. When stockings are dropped off, sometimes an item or two needs to be replenished, an extra gift can be added, or something can be prepared for a last-minute request for help.

“We take whatever people want to donate and put it to good use. We have a generous community and rely on the generosity of them to run. We are a volunteer organization for children in foster homes. If you want to buy some chocolate Santas to put in a stocking, or you want to buy a teen gift card or some Bluetooth headsets, we’ll put it all together,” McAlpine said.

For those who prefer to make a monetary donation, a donation link can be found at macombfostercloset.org/.

Foster families can also make an appointment via the website to collect the stockings. Pick up is by appointment only.

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