Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

We All Need to Foster Love and Respect for These Deserving Kids

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

We All Need to Foster Love and Respect for These Deserving Kids

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IS it just me or does everyone think some kids deserve more Christmas presents than others?

You might have seen a Christmas appeal for foster kids on the Sunshine Coast.

Local carer Julie Ewart called for cash to buy presents for the 38 boys and 54 girls aged between 8 and 16 currently in care.

There are actually more than 500 foster kids on the Coast.

Every year a team of people gets together to raise money for a Kids in Care Christmas Party. Every foster kid is invited, but when times are tough, presents are only bought for the under 8s.

Julie Ewart cares for a teenage girl and this year decided to make sure the big kids didn't miss out.

Julie says in her short career as a foster parent she has regularly seen little ones come into care carrying rocks and sticks for toys.

Most of them have never had toys like other kids. Some have had to leave toys behind when they fled in the night and some have had their toys sold from under them, usually for reasons that would break your heart.

The Daily appeal was immediately successful.

In less than a week Ms Ewart received enough for almost two years of big-kids' gifts.

While not everyone has the strength, humility or compassion to be a foster carer, Julie says it was a beautiful thing to find so many people keen to help in some way.

Next year, Julie wants to harness that kindness and find sponsors who might look beyond buying toys for foster kids and instead consider funding some sort of self-esteem program for adolescents.

Anyone with a teenager knows most of them struggle with self worth.

Imagine if your kid came from a violent and un-loving home?

Imagine they'd lived in a car or prayed every day that Mum would remember to get dinner tonight?

Imagine if they never had what they needed for school, or were used to hiding when Dad came home from the pub? …

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