With all of the chaos of shopping, decorating, packing and wrapping, it's easy to lose sight of what the holidays are truly about.
But a local nonprofit called With Love, puts things in perspective.
The group’s goal is to help local foster families who are giving children a home at a moment’s notice.
With Love, is the latest winner of the FOX 12 Les Schwab “Be the Change” award.
Inside a little warehouse in Tigard, With Love, stores goods intended for local foster parents. Shelves are packed with clothing and toys.
"We want these foster families to know that we see them, and it's hard,” said Allie Roth, With Love, founder and board president.
With Love, gives the carefully selected items to hundreds of local foster families for free.
“You don't get more grassroots than us, this started out of our house for a year and a half,” said Roth.
Roth is a foster parent herself, and explained DHS pays foster parents about $575 a month, leaving many foster families financially overwhelmed.
“You have to go to doctor visits, court cases, parent visitations, there's a lot of things happening. So when Scott shows up at your door with all these gorgeous things, that have been washed, sorted and organized by seasons, it's hopeful,” Roth said.
Scott Griffith is one of 800 volunteers with the nonprofit, and after all the heavy lifting, he gets a pretty fun job: delivering carloads of specially selected gifts to local foster families.
FOX 12 joined Griffith on a stop to a home in Milwaukie, where a foster mom, Nani Taylor, was waiting for her special delivery.
Taylor welcomed a 2-month-old foster baby into her home, with no idea how long she would stay.
"You get a bond so, it's hard to do," Taylor said, and thanked With Love, "We couldn't do this without you, we really could not, god bless you all."
Moments like that is why With Love, received the FOX 12 Les Schwab “Be the Change” award.
Anyone interested in helping or donating to With Love, can visit WithLoveOregon.org to learn more.
To nominate a person or group deserving of the Be The Change award, please go to KPTV.com/BeTheChange.
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