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Oregon nurse launches project to help foster kids

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A local nurse launched a special project to help foster kids who leave the hospital with no clothes, shoes or any belongings to call their own.

Lyndsee Wunn, a children's cancer nurse at Randall Children's Hospital, knows firsthand about the little with which foster babies are sent out into the world, not just from what she sees every day in the hospital. Two years ago, she became a foster parent herself.

"Two weeks turned into two years, and we officially adopted him in May," said Wunn. "It was meant to be. He was meant to be our baby, and he fits in so well with our family."

Recognizing that not all kids wind up being adopted into a home like her own, she's now doing her part to make sure every child leaves the hospital with something special.

"I just weighed heavy on my heart, and I wanted to do something else," said Wunn.

Wunn started a project she calls The Boxes of Love to make sure foster babies get brand new clothes shoes, blankets and toys. So, when they feel scared, or begin to question their place in the world, they know they are loved.

"If they can keep that one stuffed animal, or blanket with them every time they're moved, I think it would be a sense of security and a little piece of home for them," said Wunn. "It's very important to me that the box stays with them everywhere they go."

The project is already taking off online. Wunn's facebook page has hundreds of likes in more than two months.

Wunn says, the project is also on its way to becoming a nonprofit organization.

"It's a lot of work, but we're getting there," said Wunn.

Each of the special boxes is topped off with a copy of Guess How Much I Love You, along with a special note written by Wunn herself.

It's signed from a "mama that loves you."

"I just wanted these kids to know that they're special and that they're valued, and that someone loves them," said Wunn.

Randall Children's Hospital cares for about 500 foster kids a year, according to the hospital.

The front lobby of the hospital is accepting new clothes for The Boxes of Love Project. Wunn says they are also accepting gift cards or cash donations as well.

However, The Boxes of Love Project is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so making donations to The Boxes of Love Project non-tax deductible.

The hope is to expand the project to include foster kids of all ages in the future, according to Wunn.

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