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Foster mom shares love through clothing project

Posted at 6:05 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 07:05:01-05

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — Amber Richardson knows that when taking in a child from foster care, oftentimes they don’t arrive with everything they need.

This was something she experienced first hand when her now-adopted son came into her life.

“He came to us with a single black trash bag, clothes that were ill-fitting, didn’t fit and had stains," Richardson recalls. "And that really always bothered me, and I wanted to do something about it.”

That moment ignited a passion to make the transition process for foster families run smoother.

In June, Richardson started Foster Love, a nonprofit that puts clothes, shoes, diapers and more into the hands of those welcoming new children into their family. Richardson hopes these children can find items that make them feel confident and valued.

“That’s what these children need," Richardson said. "They go through difficult situations. Be uprooted from their homes. The least that we can do for them as a community is nurture them with dignity and love.”

Sunday, Foster Love hosted their first pop up event at the Papillion Community Foundation. Around 30 children took home a bag of clothes free of charge.

Richardson is hoping to have her own storefront in the near future to operate out of full time.

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