By Ellie Luck,
Roscommon County Community Foundation
ROSCOMMON– On Nov. 6 and 12, youth philanthropists from Roscommon County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Roscommon and Houghton Lake Interact students partnered in the yearly Kids Helping Kids Shopping and wrapping events. This multi-organization event is a crucial service project in our area.
Roscommon County is home to many foster families and foster youth. This event helps to take the stress off our foster families and provides a magical holiday experience for the youth. This year, we saw an increase in the number of foster families and children we have in our county. The students worked together to purchase 288 Christmas presents for 72 foster youth.
Our DHHS needs more foster parents and respite for our foster youth. Respite provides an immediate yet temporary shelter for children entering foster care and/or undergoing changes in placements. These are essential services that help young people in our area.
If you would like more information, contact Ogemaw/Roscommon MDHHS Licensing Staff Cliff McKelvey 231-287-3127 or Tracy Wyszynski 989-390-0434. You can also email MDHHS-Ogemaw-Roscommon-Licensing@michigan.gov or go to Michigan.gov/hopeforahome.