On July 16 the Beaumont Foundation of America delivered the second installment of its 2019 donation totaling $136,500. Since 2007, BFA has contributed more than $1.5 million towards helping Buckner provide clothing for children living in foster care in Beaumont and throughout Texas.
The check for $68,250 was presented by BFA Director of Grants Carol Eddins to Buckner Southeast Texas staff at the Buckner Children’s Village, which provides campus foster homes for children and foster families in Beaumont.
“We are thankful for the Beaumont Foundation’s continued support of Buckner International and our work Texas children in foster care,” said Laura May, the director of Buckner Children and Family Services in Southeast Texas. “Their generous gifts have deeply impacted the lives of thousands of vulnerable children during the 12 years we have worked together.”
Buckner offers foster care and adoption services in Southeast Texas, North Texas, Conroe, Houston, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Longview, Lufkin and the Rio Grande Valley. BFA’s annual donation is distributed to families with foster children in these areas several times a year to help them purchase new clothing. The gift also provides new clothes for children who have first entered the foster care system with few belongings to their name.
Each year, May joins other Buckner staff and volunteers to take children in foster care shopping. “For many of the children, it is the first time they have been able to shop for new clothes, and they can’t help but to jump up and down in front of the clothing racks,” she said. “The things we take for granted are a really big deal to these kids.”
According to its website, the Beaumont Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives and enhancing the futures of less fortunate children and youth, families and the elderly with a focus on improving education, health care and social services.
In 2018, Buckner International oversaw the care of nearly 1,500 children in foster care in Texas and internationally and placed about 120 children with permanent adoptive families in Texas.