TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Chinoah Pennington has been a foster parent for over two years but being a foster parent can be challenging.
“You have to be prepared yourself. You have to be financially stable. You have to be able to have resources to help you make this happen because you can't do it on your own," said Pennington.
It’s a struggle many foster parents to go through. That's why Bev Merritt took a drive to Evansville to learn more about a new organization there that helps foster families.
"When I left there I cried almost all the way home because I knew that region 8 and this community would really prosper with some help for these foster families," said Merritt
Borrowed Hearts is a nonprofit for foster families to help them through hardships. The organization takes donations for foster kids.
Many foster children arrive to their new homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. The center allows them to get clothes and any other necessities.
"They can come in and shop for absolutely free and we can also be a network to put them in the right direction if they need additional services," said Merritt.
Sunday a group of foster mothers gathered with Borrowed Hearts Executive Director and Founder Sarah Gough. They were finalizing creation of a location in Terre Haute.
The basement of the Life Center will now serve as the Wabash Calley's headquarters helping all foster families in need.
"We've seen in our region how much of an impact it has made on foster families. So to be able to see this spread and especially so quickly. It’s just, god has opened some amazing doors," said Gough.
With their new location they hope to get others interested in becoming foster parents. Just like Pennington who is excited to better support her foster family.
"No they didn't grow in my belly, but by golly they grow in my heart. They feel like they are just mine," said Pennington.
The location may not open until later this year but they are accepting donations now. If you would like to donate reach out to the organization on their Facebook page here.
Here is a list of all the donations they are accepting:
Gently used clothing- all season. Newborn-teen sizes: Shoes, underwear, socks, bras, coats/jackets. Backpacks, totes, duffel bags.
Bigger items- cribs, bedding, mattress protectors, toys.
Baby items- Bottles, diaper bags, sippy cups, strollers, high chairs, nightlights, etc.
Hygiene Items- diapers, wipes, baby wash, lotion, condition, body wash, shampoo, shave gel, razors hairbrushes, tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant.
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