Out & About: 'No better cause than saving a young life'

Austin's House

foster care recruitment

A recent statement printed in the opinions area of the Nevada Appeal concerning the possible closure of the only children's shelter left in this area since Volunteers of America shut their doors is a reality check for the entire community.

Conrad Buedel who is on the board of directors for Austin's House makes me realize that we so easily look the other way when it comes to helping youth. Conrad stated "I am asking for a lot but there is no better cause than saving a young life. I hope that you agree."

I can personally tell you many children are waiting for homes. I am not analyzing why their parents can't assist. In most cases, I really think the reasons are insignificant in your decision to change a life, to give an opportunity of love, encouragement, conversation, warm meals great holidays and most importantly, to watch a child thrive in a safe environment. Becoming a foster parent is a blessing and a gift in one great package. You can talk all you want about becoming foster parents, and keep putting it off, but if you are truly interested and love children it only takes one phone call to change a child's future.

Open your home and share your joys and memories with a child and, like Conrad said, "There is no better cause than saving a young life." I guarantee the rewards of giving a child a home is amazing.

WHAT: Carson City Foster Home Support and Recruitment needed

WHO: The Coalition has a membership with Court Appointed Special Advocates, Division of Child and Family Services , Sierra Association of Foster Families

WHAT: Become a Foster Parent today and be the difference in a child's future

WHEN: Today

CONTACT: Carson City's Foster Parent Recruitment and Support Coalition, Mikie Franklin at 687-4943 ext 230 or CASA of Carson City 882-6776



The holiday season is upon us and many children within the community don't only need a Christmas present but, more importantly, food. Since Christmas break is right around the corner, Food for Thought needs extra help in supplying food for children during the holiday break. The Sugar Pine Cove and Bella Salon & Spa invites you to stop by and drop off donations for Food for Thought and check out Sugar Pine Cove's new store. Both places are offering holiday specials for your generosity. Come in get a Holiday makeup makeover or receive a free Trollbead with the purchase of four. Customize a beautiful bracelet for a gift and drop off food to help children in need. Shop and make yourself feel good helping others. Cheers to all the local individuals and shop owners for helping Food for Thought.

WHAT: The Magic of Christmas at Sugar Pine Cove and Bella Salon Spa, 2 for 1 Christmas sale (aromatherapy facial, spa manicure or spa pedicure). Plus a free gift for your purchase of $25 or more of Aveda products

WHEN: Regular Store hours; check Web site

WHERE: 1910 E. College Parkway (right behind Sonic).

Call: Bella Salon & Spa at 885-9779 and Sugar Pine Cove, 884-4603

BENEFIT: Food for Thought

WEB: bellasalonspaon line.com and www.troll beads.com

Don't Forget: Share Your Holiday Food Drive Dec. 11 to support Advocates To End Domestic Violence Food Closet

• To have your information included, contact Kim Riggs at kimriggs@att.net


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