EAST PROVIDENCE - Kids in foster care came to the Foster Forward center in East Providence this afternoon to pick from hundreds of Halloween costumes, donated from local area schools, businesses, and town offices.
It gives the children the opportunity to celebrate the holiday in a way they may not have been able to previously.
"Being in foster care sometimes kids get isolated a
little bit and this gives our kids a sense of normalcy," said Lisa Guillette, executive director of Foster Forward.
"One of the things I didn't really get the chance to
experience was going trick or treating with a family... being in a group home
nobody had the money to buy us outfits to go trick or treating," said Dee Saint Franc, a former foster child who now works for the organization.
The Halloween costume donation drive also takes a bit of the financial burden off the parents. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American will spend over $75 dollars on Halloween items this year.
"Our foster families actually only receive a very
modest stipend and providing opportunities like the Halloween costumes really
help to ensure that the children have the best holiday experience
possible," said Guillette.