Can A Backpack Full Of Books Change A Foster Kid’s Life? These Lincoln, Nebraska Moms Seem To Think YES

The pandemic finds us all facing confusing, difficult times. It’s easy to forget about the most vulnerable of…

The pandemic finds us all facing confusing, difficult times. It’s easy to forget about the most vulnerable of us who may need a little extra support and care.

The number of kiddos in foster care continues to rise. Many children arrive to foster care with very few belongings, often carried in a garbage or grocery bag. And while adults may recognize that our value and sense of worth doesn’t come from our possessions, it can’t feel good for these children to live life this way. 

One Lincoln, Nebraska mom – along with her friends – are looking to do something about it.

Kathleen Ousey is one of the founders of EMpowerME Packs. Through generous donations, EMpowerME Packs will see to it that 500 children in the Lincoln, NE foster care system receive a backpack with 4 to 5 new books inside. The organization is reaching foster children through Cedars, KVC, and Omni Inventive Care, all in Lincoln. 

Says Ousey, “I have two children of my own, and we go through so many books a day. We feel that is something that connects us as a family.”

Books not only bond families, particularly with children of tender ages where it’s a joint activity, but they are a window to another world – and a better future. 

The Packs are made up of $50 worth of high quality Usborne Books & More and Kane Miller books that focus on knowledge and wellness. Usborne is matching donations by 50%, which means the cost of sponsoring a foster kid’s pack is just $35. 

As of this date, EMpowerMe Packs has raised $23,000 worth of new books. If you want to help, they’re happily accepting donations of gently used backpacks and monetary donations to purchase new backpacks. 

If you’d like to donate, visit EMpowerME’s GoFundMe page or reach out directly to one of the founders, Kathleen Ousey, on her Facebook page. 

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