Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

July 31, 2013

Editorial: Foster kids need a hand

There is no shortage of great causes in need of money, and in the Grand Traverse area there is no shortage of generous people willing to dip into their own pockets. The high level of support for everything from food pantries to church-based outreach programs is one of the best things about the place we call home.

Of all those in need, however, the plight of children in foster care is particularly poignant. They often come from broken homes, their parents are sometimes simply not on the scene or incapable of caring for their children or are deceased. No one is more vulnerable than a small child with no place to call home.

On Tuesday, as part of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan’s 24th annual Brown Bag Campaign, bags were inserted into copies of the Record-Eagle that can be used to mail a donation to the private nonprofit foster care group. Last year’s fundraiser netted roughly $34,000.

There are dozens of ways to help and none of us can give to every good cause. But the Brown Bag Campaign is one of the best.

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