PRINCETON — Another Child Foundation is gearing up to send another shipment of items that will help fill the needs of orphans and at-risk children in Romania.
Before the shipment goes out, however, they are providing one more collection day event for people to donate youth-sized shoes, new or gently used jeans and blankets.
The collection drive will be Friday, Aug. 1 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church on North Main Street in Princeton.
ACF is looking for children’s sizes, ages 3 to 14 years old, for shoes and jeans and blankets of any size and color.
The foundation has partnered with Walmart, who has provided a display rack of shoes this week, especially-priced for the cause. Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to pick-up a pair and place them in the drop-off box located inside the Princeton Walmart store or bring them out to the collection drive event on Friday.
At the celebration, WUNT will be providing music, and ACF will be providing food and drinks to anyone who attends.
ACF Director Tim Oloffson said last year’s collection brought in 2,500 pairs of shoes and 1,000 other items, which were shipped off for children in Romania.
He has hopes of reaching a similar goal again this year — with 2,500 pairs of shoes, 1,000 pairs of jeans and 500 blankets.
Along with the items, ACF is also collecting monetary donations, which will be used to help ship the items to Romania. Oloffson explained the shipping is not cheap and can cost around $8,000 to ship a full container.
The money for shipping has to come out of the budget used to work with the orphans and at-risk children. ACF would like to avoid using as much of the budgeted monies as possible for the shipping, therefore any monetary donations would be greatly appreciated to help alleviate the costs.
In talking about the importance of helping the children in Romania and what inspired him to begin his work with the foundation, Oloffson explained it all started in 2006 when we went to Romania on a mission trip. While there, he witnessed first-hand the tremendous need for just basic humanitarian items within the orphanages.
“We’re called to bring hope to children who really live in hopeless situations. I’ve been going over there for eight years now, and I continually see that hope emerging in the community of these people where we do most of our work,” he said.
A donated pair of jeans will provide a needed resource, as many of the children only have ragged sweatpants that don’t provide protection or comfort; a good pair of shoes is an essential in any world; and blankets will provide needed warmth to the children and families ACF serves.
The items collected in this drive will be shipped out in the middle of August and will be received and distributed around Oct. 1.
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