An easy way to spread cheer this holiday season is to give to organizations working in the community. The local nonprofit, West Michigan Partnership for Children is encouraging people in West Michigan to keep foster families in mind.

For some of the young people in foster care, the holidays can be difficult because they have been separated from the families and traditions they know and transplanted into a new environment.

WMPC works with Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett- St. John's, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services to help serve the foster care community. Each of those organizations has different needs, but each are asking for donations to help make the holiday season and the time following as full and enjoyable as possible.

Donations go toward creating a welcoming environment for children in foster care and can fund programming like summer camps, art therapy, and mentoring programs. Of course, each agency is also always looking for volunteers and mentors as well as new foster parents. You can get more information about that by calling (855) MICHKIDS or calling your local agency.

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