Better Together seeks donations for HopePacks

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Better Together, a voluntary, community-driven alternative to foster care, is seeking donations for HopePacks to provide basic hygiene, toiletry and other necessities for children participating in the Better Families program. Since March and the onset of COVID-19, the nonprofit organization has seen a 155% increase in the number of requests for help due to the widespread isolation, unemployment and stress that are putting families at additional risk.

“When parents fall into crisis, fully screened and trained volunteers host children in their homes while mentoring parents toward stability including help with finding a job, securing housing, childcare and more,” said Megan Rose, CEO, Better Together. “Many times, children arrive at a host home with little to no personal belongings and the host families may not have all the essentials upon their arrival. HopePacks filled with a stuffed animal, bedtime books and essentials like socks and bubble bath can help ease the transition during the first 48 hours.”

HopePacks generally cost $25 on average. In addition to tote bags or small backpacks, the wish list of items for children includes basic toiletries, a hairbrush, books, socks, stuffed animals, pacifiers, diapers, lotion and gift cards.

How to donate

Mail donations to 15275 Collier Blvd., Suite 201-284, Naples, FL 34119 or drop off at the following locations:

  • Century 21 Realty: 4040 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33904
  • Tax Savers: 1300 Enterprise Dr, Suite A, Port Charlotte, FL 33953
  • Relevance Church: 13241 Griffin Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913

To donate online, Better Together has created an Amazon wish list and items purchased will ship directly to the organization.

Better Together has served over 2,500 children in Southwest Florida and kept 96% of families together. Loving parents should not lose children because they are having money problems, seeking treatment or hospitalized without childcare. These challenges can be overcome with the right support system in place.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers and church communities, Better Together builds lasting support systems that help families cope with hardships – job loss, substance abuse, homelessness and even jail time – and ensures that children are cared for in a safe home until the family can be reunited. Additionally, Better Together’s “Better Jobs” program has helped nearly 29,000 job seekers connect with employment opportunities through church-based job fairs across 20 states.

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