Across Montana each day a number of children face the
reality of being pulled from their homes due to a crisis
situation. As Kiwanis members, we are provided an
opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these
children. The Montana District Kiwanis along with the
Kiwanis Foundation of Montana are teaming together to
emphasize a project that a number of Montana Kiwanis
Clubs are participating in.
The focus of the program is to provide basic necessities for a child who would otherwise enter a foster care situation without anything, except possibly but not necessarily the clothing on their backs. Kiwanis members have the opportunity to provide this child something to cling to, taking the opportunity to make a difference, one child, and one community, at a time.
The opportunity the Kiwanis Clubs have is to provide the basic necessities to the children to protect their dignity during the crisis transfer period from their home into foster care, specifically the first day. Clothing and personal possessions contribute significantly to a child’s feeling of self-worth and dignity.
Once the child’s placement is registered in the foster home, foster families are provided with funding to meet the daily needs of the children they accept. The Kiwanis project is to fill the immediate gap between removal from the home and the placement into a foster family.
The following items will help you with the Backpack Program.