Ahwatukee Volunteers Bring Thanksgiving to Kids in Foster Group Homes
Thanks to volunteers from Ahwatukee organizations, more than 300 kids in foster care group homes were able to give thanks and share a Thanksgiving meal.
According to the Ahwatukee Foothills News, this is the second year that the dinner has taken place.
“Everybody has the idea that foster kids are in foster homes with parents,” Carolyn Arndt, one of the organizers of the dinner, told the newspaper “The reality is a child turns 13 and they’re more of a challenge and those traditional foster homes don’t want them anymore, so they are floating in a system and ending up living in group homes.”
Arndt and her co-organizer Andi Pettyjohn contacted OCJ Kids, the Department of Child Safety and Jewish Family and Children Services to find out which homes in the area weren’t hosting their own dinners. Then, with help from First United Methodist Church of Mesa, Desert Foothills United Methodist, Ahwatukee Kiwanis and Mountain View Lutheran Church, a full Thanksgiving meal for the kids took place at First United Methodist Church in Mesa, the newspaper said.
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