A Special Gift for Foster Kids at Jeff Co. Children Home

A Special Gift for Foster Kids at Jeff Co. Children Home

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500 duffel bags were carefully packed Saturday for The Children's Home of Jefferson County by volunteers big and little.

When employees at Watertown Savings bank heard some children in foster care carry around their belongings in a trash bag, they felt they had to do something.

"We wanted to see if this was an issue locally. I reached out to the children's home and it is an issue they see," said Bria Podvin, who is in charge of the duffel bags. "So we decided to get together and figure out a plan as fast as we could."

That plan took just over two months to complete. Employees from all the banks branches held fundraisers and asked for the community's help to raise $4,000.

Inside each duffel bag is a notebook, crayons, a water bottle, and a blanket.

"It feels awesome. I like to help and volunteer," said Podvin. "So the fact that it's actually happening n ow and I see the bags being put together I couldn't be happier that we could do this for them."

Podvin said the 500 bags will be enough to supply each child entering foster care for the next three years.

"We wanted to figure out a way to be able to reach enough children to make a difference.  So that's why we wanted 500 bags," said Podvin.

Making sure there's something to help welcome foster kids as they go through a tough time.

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