At a time when our world has become almost unrecognizable, we have all been faced with discomfort and fear that many of us never experienced before. We are struggling to adapt to this new normal, but most of us are doing it surrounded by the comfort of our familiar homes, family and friends.
But for those in foster care, and those who have aged out, there is a deeper hopelessness that has set in.
Where do I go when my college closes and that is the only housing I can rely on?
Who do I take comfort in when my teachers and friends at school are the only ones who feel familiar?
How will I ever see my siblings if our weekly visits have been cancelled?
Each year over 500,000 kids spend time in foster care and over 22,000 age out without being adopted or reunited with their birth family. Since May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, we want to raise awareness and spread tons of love to these kids by sending them the biggest virtual hug ever.
You can take a picture showing your love or you can make a video. Or you can print a LovedBy card here and send us a picture of it.
You can even do all 3!
Make it awesome! Include your family, pets, plants, whatever brings you joy. Tell our kids you love them. Tell them to use One Simple Wish to bring them some joy. Tell them where you are sending your love from. Think about a message you'd like to hear if you were scared and feeling alone. (See below for examples of videos, themes, etc) We're going to combine all this love together and send the biggest virtual hug video ever!
Please be sure to contact us to confirm receipt.
We are going to share this video EVERYWHERE! One Simple Wish has the largest network of over 1200 Community Partner agencies that work with hundreds of thousands of kids. We also have a super engaged Youth Advisory Council and, of course, we've got social media. Keep an eye out beginning May 1 for videos tagged #LovedBy Then, SHARE THEM!
IMPORTANT LEGAL STUFF: By submitting your video and/or photo to us, you are granting One Simple Wish and Wheelhouse Creative, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to reproduce the photographs and/or video images for the purpose of publication, promotion, illustration, advertising, or trade, in any manner or in any medium. You are also waiving your right to any compensation.