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Volunteers Bag “Blair’s Socks”

The Ridge has been a proud supporter of Blair’s Foster Socks by collecting and helping to distribute brightly colored socks since Blair’s tragic death on July 4, 2011.

Dixie Lee organized a wonderful group of 22 volunteers that sorted and bagged socks here at The Ridge for Spofford.  Since 1916, Spofford has been a leading provider of prevention and therapeutic treatment services with children ages 4-12 suffering the effects of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and mental health disorders in Kansas City, Missouri. We are excited to share that the group was able to get more than 100 bags filled and tagged with a specific child’s name. The grand total of SOCKS that were delivered was 1160. We are so thankful for each and everyone that came and for all of the donations.

You can make Blair’s dream come true by donating to Blair’s Foster Socks – http://blairsfostersocks.org/

The Story Behind Blair’s Foster Socks

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Blair’s Foster Socks brings comfort and hope to children in distressed situations through a simple but effective means: clean, fun socks and scholarships.

Mission

To build personal relationships in our community and beyond, to help inspire, support, and uplift our purpose of making a difference in the lives of children in distressed situations through a simple but effective means: CLEAN, FUN SOCKS and scholarships in honor & memory of Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane, founder of Blair’s Foster Socks.

 Description

 “Why do foster kids always show up with stuffed animals, but no one can find them socks?” Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane didn’t have a problem with teddy bears. Blair’s problem was babies with cold, bare feet. Each time a new foster child was given to her family’s care, Blair, 11, asked the same question. “Why do foster kids always show up with stuffed animals, but no one can find them socks?” That was Blair. Pragmatic. Compassionate. And determined to fix the problem. Her solution was Foster Socks, a program dedicated to providing socks to foster and homeless children that she hoped to launch as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. While most girls complete 20130731_181439their Gold Award projects as juniors or seniors in high school, Blair had a different sense of urgency. Though not yet a sixth grader at Nativity of Mary School in Independence, she was already filling journals with ideas and project plans for Foster Socks.

On July, 4, 2011, Blair was enjoying the traditional, backyard holiday festivities she had since she was 2 years old at a family home in Kansas City, Mo. Suddenly, Blair collapsed. She had been shot by a holiday reveler firing a gun from a nearby apartment complex. Hundreds of people visited Blair in the hospital. Friends, family, civic leaders, pastors. Blair died on Tuesday, July 5.

She never gave socks to homeless children, but as an organ donor, she may have given new life to at least people 6 people, between the ages of six and 60. And, if Michele has anything to do with it, Foster Socks will not die with Blair. “Blair radiated the love and presence of God. She would have gotten this done, “said Michele. “Now it’s up to us.”

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