As I was driving in to work today, the anticipation was building. I heard Dave and Linda, Tom and Curley, and all the other KIRO Radio hosts talking about the wonderful work done by Treehouse.
It's my favorite time of year here at KIRO Radio. No, not because of Christmas, but because it's time to make some Holiday Magic!
I feel very grateful to be part of the work Ron and Don and KIRO Radio do for the community each and every day, but especially on this day dedicated to Washington foster children and Treehouse, a non-profit dedicated to supporting their education and their personal growth.
I have had the opportunity to meet many of the foster kids, parents and volunteers who make Treehouse such an amazing organization. I'd like to share some of their stories with you.
Treehouse Wearhouse: The state support for foster families covers just 60% of the actual cost of raising a child. Through its "Wearhouse," Treehouse is able to help cover the necessities.
Taylor's Story: Treehouse tutors encouraged Taylor to stay in school and helped her develop her passion for poetry.
Steena's Story:Even foster children who don't enter the system until later in life find security and support in Treehouse.
Sam's Story:Although he never knew his mother, Sam says he always felt loved by the volunteers at Treehouse.
The Robbins Family's story:With five biological children and three foster kids, Kara Robbins says life would be much more difficult without Treehouse.
Daquawya's Story:Daquawya is one of the thousands of children supported by Treehouse each year.
Little Wishes:Through their "Little Wishes" program, Treehouse helps level the playing field by offering support for after school activities, sports, prom tickets and more.
The Cormier Family:Without the help of Treehouse, Sharon Cormier says she wouldn't be able to meet all the needs of her eight foster children.