There's a lot of people in our community, that are dedicated to improve the lives of our children, that go under the radar and never get any type of recognition from our society. Is people like Misty Barry, an unsung hero and mother of two from Ball Ground Georgia, who has committed her life, heart, and home to care for children in foster care, that we want to recognize and put the spotlight today.
Misty began her fostering journey 3 years ago, and since then has welcomed over 24 children to her home. The experience of fostering so many kids has been an a real eye-opener since it unwillingly exposed the many obstacles foster children (and foster parents like herself) has to endure on a daily basis.
She explained to us how her first fostering experience was like. "Our first placement was FOUR siblings. Two girls and two boys. It was midnight on a Sunday. I will never forget the police car pulling up in our driveway and these sad and terrified children getting out of the car. They were a mess and needed to be bathed right away. Only two of them had shoes. It was then that I went into full out panic mode. TWO GIRLS?? We only have boys at our home. What are we supposed to dress them in after they take a bath? It’s midnight. Am I just supposed to go to the store and buy them clothes??
Turns out the youngest girl was the same age as our youngest son at the time and the older girl was the same age as our oldest son. We had no other choice but to put them in our boy’s clothing. I’ll never forget the looks on their faces when I pulled out boys underwear and pajamas for them to put on. As if it wasn’t bad enough that they had no idea who we were or where they were, but now they are putting on boys underwear??? I felt terrible for them.
The next day I sent an email out to several friends asking for any extra clothes they had lying around that they could spare for us. Next thing you know I had bags and bags of clothing dropped off on our front porch. It was great".
Yes, it was great for a short moment, but then Misty had to deal with a harsh reality, that no one warned her when she decided to take the plunge and become a foster mom. When children come into foster care they often come with only the clothes on their back and not one single agency will help supply such essential items.
This is how Grace's Closet was born. Misty one day had the idea of becoming a goodwill ambassador for foster families by opening a "closet" where families can come, and get free clothes and basic school essentials, for the foster children that are under their care.
Families who wish to benefit from Grace's closet contact Misty through Facebook, phone, or email and provide their placement letter that they are given from DFC. If you wish to get involved, donate of learn more about Grace's Closet please read our full interview at: http://www.thebluebirdpatch.com/2013/04/graces-closet-aims-to-serve-as-true.html
If you know of any foster families that are in dire need of clothes for back to school please refer them to Grace's Closet, as they're always looking for ways to spread the word out and help as much families as they can.