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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara and Kmart Partner to Serve Foster-Care Teens

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara and Kmart Partner to Serve Foster-Care Teens
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has teamed up with the Santa Barbara Social Services Department and the Family Care Network and Kmart to provide holiday gifts for teenagers in the foster-care system. This is the eighth year that the groups have come together to make sure that foster-care teens are not overlooked in the holiday season.
Rotarians and friends raised more than $4,000 to purchase items and gift cards for 38 foster youth between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. Teenagers in the Santa Barbara foster-care system fill out a wish list survey, letting Rotarians know what they want for the holidays, their hobbies, needs, and dream gifts. Kmart in Goleta and general manager Richard Slowikowski offered their services, helping match the teen’s wish list with items in the store and giving a discount on all goods purchased through the program.
“The youth fill out a questionnaire with their favorite items, colors, sports teams, clothing sizes, etc. They put down their request for presents they would like to open.” says Paul Zink, Chair of the Foster Teen Program for the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. “Rotarians shop in the Kmart store to make selections for each individual teenager and Kmart provides employees to assist with the shopping. For those teens in our community in the foster-care program, this is our way of telling them that they matter and we hope for the best of them.”
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara meets at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Contact

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara: http://www.santabarbararotary.com/
Santa Barbara Social Services Department and the Family Care Network: http://www.fcni.org/

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