“So somebody knows where I live?”
“I thought WOW when I got the parcel because I have never had a package or a parcel in my entire life…”
“Thanks for sending us the Goodies. i especially like the book about bats and humans.”
“It was good fun because I’ve never been in a club before.”
The Barkley Center’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being at UNL and the Boys Town National Research Institute are partnering with the Letterbox Club program to provide educational packages to children in Nebraska’s foster care system. The Letterbox Club is an educational program developed in the UK for looked-after children aged 7-11; aimed to improve the educational outlook of youth in foster care by providing activities and books mailed to the child’s foster home.
Children in foster care are removed from their families, often struggle academically, and may bounce from home to home with few personal items, and even fewer emotional supports. The personalized mailings let the youth know that someone is thinking about them and provides them with their own possessions to take wherever they go. For the last two years through the generosity of the Barkley Center we were able to support 10 youth. This year we hope to mail packages to 15 children in foster care.
With your help, we will be able to send packages filled with books, math activities, games, stationary, and hand written letters to each of the children for the next six months.
If you are interested in donating, please contact Lisa Pollard:
247G, Barkley Memorial Center
We will be collecting donations through December 20, 2013.
For more information about the Letterbox Club, visit: http://www.letterboxclub.
More details at: http://www.letterboxclub