Orange County Insight November 2022

Livability Magazine

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Backpack Drive for Foster Care Youth

By: Crystal Hale, Director of Orange County Social Services

In September, the Orange County Treasurer ’ s Office started a backpack drive to collect backpacks for foster children.

Many times, children placed into foster care only have a paper or plastic bag to carry their belongings in. Historically, Orange County Social Services has had an abundance of backpacks to ensure foster children did not experience this scenario, but unfortunately foster care numbers have been on the upswing over the past year and the surplus of backpacks were almost gone. The Treasurer's Office not only gathered 30 brand new backpacks but they also stuffed them full of necessities (to help meet physical and emotional needs) for children of various genders and ages.

While the Treasurer's Office primarily fulfilled the need, they did enlist the help from other County offices and citizens. This is a great example of how Orange County comes together to help each other and serve those who are in need. A big thank you to Krystle Dickson and Dawn Herndon for leading this effort and to everyone else involved behind the scenes.

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