What started as Jessica and Riley's idea to help other Kitsap kids has grown to a community-wide cause. Community members in Port Orchard have come together to support the idea to bring Easter joy to homeless kids. Jessica (mom of 3) and her 12-year-old daughter Riley are working with South Kitsap Helpline to distribute the Easter items that are collected. Jessica said SK Helpline had almost 600 homeless and very low income kids from ages 0-18 last month!
This mother-daughter team has partnered with local businesses around Port Orchard to provide donation drop off locations through March 29th to give the community easy access to help.
The goal is to assemble 150 bags to distribute to SK Helpline and possibly Coffee Oasis’s youth program who services homeless teens. Jessica and Riley hope there will be enough donations to make even more baskets! Drawstring bags will be given to the younger kids and backpacks to the older kids that will be filled with essentials and Easter items. It was decided to use bags instead of baskets so the kids can use them for storing their items after Easter. Pre-made Easter baskets are also welcomed. "Anything to put some smiles on these kid’s faces will help!" Jessica said.
Ways to Help:
- Donate items: Anything helps, there are a lot of items at Dollar stores.
- Donate time: There is a Facebook group that was created. It is a great resource to get more involved with this cause.
- Spread the word! Share this article with friends, family, schools, clubs, etc.