Birthday Blessings Project Supports Foster Children in the Ozarks

Classroom work leads to meaningful community service.

June 10, 2016 |

Richards R-V (MO) students show off one of the blankets they made as part of their Birthday Blessings Grants in Place project.

Editor's Note: Last year we awarded a Grants in Place grant to Sonya L. Jones, art instructor and life skills facilitator for the very small Richards R-V school district, which is located in Howell County, Missouri. Ms. Jones' students were provided funding to support their work in sewing blankets and stuffed toys for children in "dire need." We are so pleased this project was successful, and we are equally pleased to share Sonya's report on her grant outcome.

Birthday Blessings Project Report

By Sonya L. Jones

My life skills class made 18 blankets and delivered them to Birthday Blessings this spring . The picture we have sent the Rural Schools Collaborative (see above) is one of the first batch of blankets the kids made! Thank you so much for offering me an opportunity to enrich the lives of those in need with students that learned to be compassionate as they learned a very valuable life skill! It proved to be a win-win situation for all involved.

I would like to try for another grant as the agency has expanded their wonderful cause to include two more counties in rural Missouri. That's a lot of foster children in need of this grass roots organization called Birthday Blessings!!!!

Birthday Blessings is a Christian nonprofit organization. It was created to provide foster and at-risk children in Missouri's 37th Circuit Children's Division with a happy birthday experience.

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