Threads of Grace opens its doors to the community to see how the nonprofit helps foster kids
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Threads of Grace welcomed the community through their doors Thursday to see what founders of the organization had been working on in a little under a year. The nonprofit serves as a location where foster and shelter children, aged newborn to 19 years old, can come to pick out necessities such as outfits, backpacks, undergarments and more.
Threads of Grace staff moved into their location off of Highway 6 in November 2020, but more recently have put all of the pieces together.
Kelly Augustin, co-founder of Threads of Grace, said they’d already provided clothes for 16 kids and were looking forward to inviting in the community Thursday evening.
“There is that need here and then we’re also hoping that they can see, you know, what we have, what we’re offering and, hope they feel inclined to financially support us, you know, even with donations, we take donations of clothing, socks and underwear,” Augustin said. “Everything’s brand new with tags on it.”
Previously, the organization had packed up clothes for the kids and sent them out with their clients, but recently invited children to pick out the necessities themselves for the first time.
“We did have a two kids come through a couple weeks ago and it was fun to watch them,” she said. “They were able to just kind of walk through the doors and be kids. they were goofy and having fun and they tried on every piece they had and it was just, you know, for that 30 minutes that they were here they got to just be kids.”
She added, the reason she helped get the nonprofit up and running was because the mission hit close to home.
“My husband and I were foster parents and all four of our kids are adopted — three out of foster care, but when our twins came to us at the end ... they had a lot of garbage bags full of clothing, but none of it was appropriate seasonal or sized,” Augustin said.
Augustin, along with the others at the Threads of Grace, began welcoming folks through their doors at 5 p.m. Thursday, offering pork sandwiches, drinks and more. Following the dinner, guests were able to tour the facility and see all of the necessities they had to offer kids in need.
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