This story began with an email to one of our staff…
My name is Andrew and I brought some stockings and some money down to Covenant House last Christmas.
I am fundraising again this year and I thought you might like to see the video I am showing to my family, friends and the students at my school. I am collecting twoonies only as I saw the need was greater for that than the stockings.
I am in grade nine this year and my new school (Inquiry Hub ) is a school of choice and it only has about 60 kids. It is an awesome school but small so my donations might be a lot smaller this year.
I will do my best and send along whatever I collect, hopefully enough to be matched to make a better impact.
For some background, Andrew was in foster care for the first 6 ½ years of his life before he was adopted by his “forever family”. He wanted to do something for others who have experienced some of the hardships he did.
Below is Andrew’s story…
His adoptive mother Sandy runs a daycare. She provides before-school care and takes kids to school in the morning. She told us that she lines her kindergarten kids up outside before they go into school and gives each one of them a hug. Every day, Sandy noticed there was a little boy on his own who was watching her hug all the kids.
This went on for a while, until one day the young boy tugged on her sleeve and asked, “Are you the Mom to all these kids?” Sandy explained that she was not, and that their parents had gone to work so she was in charge of taking them to school.
“Why do you hug them, then?” asked the little boy. “So that they know they are loved and cared for, and so I can wish them a good day because their moms and dads couldn’t be here,” she explained. The little boy thought about it for a minute and then he said, “Can you hug me?”
Sandy told us that each day she dropped all her kids off, the little boy was alone and joined the hug lineup. After about a month, Sandy found out that he was in foster care. He was 6 ½ and had lived in a number of different homes. She told her husband about him and they started the process to adopt him and become his “forever family.” By the time he started grade 1, he was their son.
Andrew chose to fundraise for Covenant House because so many of the young people who come to us have been in foster care. Please support his fundraising page by clicking here.