Friday, May 24, 2013

Are You Ready?

So many of us have the thought, "I wish I could make a real difference in the world," but for most, it never moves beyond the thought. 

As part of National Foster Care Awareness Month, consider becoming a foster parent.

Thousands of children in North Carolina are currently in foster care and their ages range from infants to 18 years. Nationally, only 20% of the kids in foster care are adopted. Just as it is in any type of adoption, the older a child gets, the less chance that they will be adopted into a loving home.

In Gaston County alone, there are 53 licensed foster parents for an average of 200 children, so there is a great need for people to step up and open their hearts and their homes. 

You can make a huge impact in the life of a child. To find out more and have a great time, you can attend the “Be the Difference” awareness event will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st. There will be a variety of food and games, a raffle, multiple vendors and a concert by Country Artist Jimmy Wayne. Wayne’s concert will begin after 6 p.m., serving as the featured entertainment under the Rotary Centennial Pavilion.

There will also be ways to find out how you can become involved in helping foster kids in Gaston County. 

The event is being held by Least of These Gaston, a nonprofit organization started to help support foster parents and foster care in Gaston County. They help provide emergency funds, supplies and support for foster parents.

To find out more about Least of These Gaston, you can go to their website at:

Read the following article from The Charlotte Observer:

Or from The Gaston Gazette:

To find out how you can become a foster parent in Gaston County:

Come out, support a great cause, and have a good time doing it!

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