Gift of Love: Local Business Helps Foster Children

Food Fast convenience stores, in partnership with coca-Cola, presented a check for just under $5-thousand to the Bair Foundation in Tyler. They help the foster care organization by holding raffles and donating a portion of each sale of 20 oz. Coke product. Food Fast has made it a company wide priority to help local foster children. In this Gift of Love report, we look at their impact and how one business can make such a big difference in so many young lives.

Kathryne became an East Texas foster parent in 1975. Since then, a lot of children have come through her home. "We feel this is a mission in life and it really takes a heartfelt consideration," she says.

Kathryne is licensed through the Bair Foundation. A Christian foster care organization in Tyler. "We are able to pray with our families and to support our families in that way openly which is a great asset to the Bair foundation," explains Betsy Pattullo.

While the Bair families are able to meet foster children's need for love, there are many other financial needs to be considered, that's where Food Fast comes in. "They told us the stories of the children they help and we fell in love with them and we've been helping them ever since," says Jay Misenheimer with Food Fast.

Jay and his Food Fast employees in Tyler have raised tens of thousands of dollars in the past 5 years to help foster children served by the Bair Foundation. He says, "This is the ultimate feel good. It's what keeps us going every year."

Their donations have helped purchase such things as: car seats, band instruments, dental care, even a class ring. They also throw a Christmas party providing each foster child with a $100 gift card.

Betsy says, "We're so thankful for it has been such a blessing. The people at Food Fast have been just amazing."

For Katheryn, the food fast money has helped replenish her foster children's doll house, buy toys and clothing and "the rest of it we have put away because my little girl wants a violin very, very bad. She wants to learn how to play," says Katheryn.

Katheryn makes sure her foster children are afforded the same opportunities as other children, and with Food Fast's help, she is able to do that.

"God bless the foster parents for what they do because it takes a very special person to take in a child and give them the love that they really deserve," says Jay.

Unfortunately, there is always a need for more foster families, but in the meantime, Katheryn says it's a rewarding role, affecting a child's life. She says, "I feel that God has been gracious and I'm very thankful to be able to be a foster parent."

Katheryn truly has changed lives. She has adopted four foster children and is in the process of adopting her 5th; that's on top of 4 biological children.

If you'd like to know more about the Bair Foundation, becoming a foster parent, or adoption, call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting