Jackets from Julia Helps Foster Kids Near Puget Sound

Through Jackets from Julia, ten-year-old Julia Sandusky rallied her community to outfit hundreds of foster children with brand new, warm winter gear this winter. When other ten-year-olds might be have been working on their holiday lists, this young lady spent her time rallying an entire community to give back. Her goal was to provide warmth and kindness to foster kids in need in the Puget Sound region of Washington.

Jackets from Julia and Operation Warm

Julia and her mom had usually purchased coats at retail stores, but they knew this could be limiting in terms of size, color, quality and cost. Then, they discovered that Jackets from Julia and Operation Warm had very similar missions.

“After talking to Julia’s mother, we wanted to help them in any way we could,” said Operation Warm’s partnership manager, Brandon Smith. “It is rather remarkable to see someone caring and active at her age, so we also had to share this heartwarming story.”

Thanks to our generous Operation Warm donors who gave this year, we were able to match the funds Julia and her supporters raised. This allowed Jackets from Julia to provide double the number of brand new Operation Warm coats to foster children.

Julia and her mom Kim graciously shared their 2017 journey with us, a story that as a donor, you helped make a success. We hope it will inspire others to reach out to their own communities to see a need and fill a need.

Here are some excerpts from this amazing story. To read the entire report, “End of the 2017 Year Reflection and Gratitude from Jackets from Julia,” visit the the organizations’s Facebook page.

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The Jackets From Julia Journey

“We started our 2017 season with a kick-off concert.

The concert was on a beautiful afternoon, with record attendance! Julia set up her booth, spoke to the audience, collected over 40 jackets, and sold raffle tickets for a piece of her artwork! We had great music and great community support.

jackets from JuliaAfter the concert the real work began. We set up our collection bin at our church, Mt. Cross Lutheran in University Place. Julia spoke to the congregation about this year’s goals! They let us host a day of art/kindness where others came to create art that then was sold.

A representative from The Treehouse Foundation heard Julia’s story and reached out to us. The Treehouse offers a store experience for foster children to come and get clothing items. We were excited to see coats on a rack for children to select themselves.

We then also reached out to The Wishing Well Foundation, in Tacoma, Washington. They also provide a store for local foster kids to shop for clothing items. We learned that they are having a hard time, and they desperately needed jackets.

Then we learned about an organization called Operation Warm. Their mission is a lot like Julia’s. Operation Warm provides warm winter jackets to kids in need! We reached out to them and started the process of ordering. Operation Warm then said they would match all donations!

It was a year for the record book. We received donations from 3 different states, Washington, Oregon and California. As well as donations from Sweden! We went international! In the end we donated 721 warm winter items – jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Simply Amazing! We have learned that we can’t do this without support! Kindness is Contagious!

As we enter 2018 Julia is still working on future plans to continue her work. We are always collecting items and money to purchase new jackets.”

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