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Foster CARE Closet needs donations

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

Kristyn Bennett has her hands full at home. She takes care of eight children. Five are her own, one is a foreign exchange student, and two are wards of the state, all ranging in ages from a few months old, to high school.

 "It's a lot, big meals, they say I cook for an army!" she said.

Thanks to the Foster CARE Closet, Bennett is able to care for her foster children.

"Every kid always wants to feel like they're part of the family and you want to be able to do that for them," Bennett said.

 Everything at the Foster CARE Closet is free of charge and benefit children from birth to age 19.

Now, the organization needs your help. They're looking for 12 partners who will sponsor a month's worth of service at $5000 per month.

"It's a huge need, we're the only place like this in the entire state and we do try to take it on the road," founder Leigh Esau said.

The Foster CARE Closet helps children in Lincoln, Scottsbluff and Omaha. They hand out five outfits of clothing up to twice a year as well as toys and other necessities. Bennett said it's a huge help, especially for her large family.

"We can only prepare so much as foster parents," she said.

 For donation information, contact Leigh Esau at 402-617-0667 or visit their Facebook page at!/FosterCareCloset


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