The Realtors Care Committee of the Osceola County Association of Realtors (OSCAR) recently announce it was able to collect 217 new suitcases to distribute to foster children in the area who are part of the Guardian Ad Litem program.
This program advocates for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
The suitcase drive hosted by the committee last month was initiated to
collect new luggage to assist kids in the foster system who are forced to move their belongings in trash bags when they move from home to home. It’s a thought that was distressing to members of the committee who felt compelled to help.
Kelly Freeman, the 2018 committee vice chair stated, “Our hearts go out to these kids in such unfortunate circumstances. We wanted to make sure these children had something tangible that they could call their own which would enable them to move their clothes and belongings in a way that was more humanizing. It’s a small way we can help out that hopefully makes a positive impact on their psyche.”
Twis Lizasuain, CEO at OSCAR added, “We would like to thank Centennial Bank who donated suitcases valued at $1,200 and our generous members who also donated to this worthwhile cause, as well as our Realtors Care Committee for taking up the initiative to lend a helping hand. Our community is a prime focus at the Association and we are always looking for ways to reach out where help is needed.”
If you would like to help the Guardian Ad Litem program, visit their website to see ways you can assist at www.galosceola.org/support.html.
The Osceola County Association of Realtors is the largest trade association in Osceola County and represents over 3,600 REALTORS® in the area, bringing valuable training and support to its membership, and offering community services to the Osceola County area. The association is dedicated to members’ success through personal development, advocacy, and community engagement.