Even though we have been having some of the coldest temperatures of the winter, we know there is an end in sight and spring should be just around the corner. With spring comes new life and new energy.
How fitting that our "children in need" this week are "newcomers" to Kinship Partners -- 13-year-old Greg and 12-year-old Katie.
Greg is an eighth-grader at Franklin. He couldn't stress enough how much he would love to have a partner he could go snowmobiling with! He also loves fishing, bike riding, swimming, woodworking, cooking, go-cart racing and horseback riding.
Greg lives with mom and two older brothers. His father died when Greg was just a baby. He has a pretty good relationship with his stepfather, but he could really use the one-on-one companion ship that comes with having a Kinship Partner. Here's how he describes himself. "I'm a little shy, I like to go snowmobiling, I'm a handyman, I like to red horse and I'm easy-going and nice."
Twelve-year-old Katie is a sixth-grader at Washington. She lives with her mom, dad and little sister in 'Brainerd. Mom states that Katie has self-esteem issues and has trouble making friends because she is so shy. She takes medication for a mood disorder, and the medication has made a huge difference in helping Katie regulate her mood swings. Katie enjoys arts and crafts activities and she absolutely loves taking care of animals. She has several pets at her home. When asked to describe herself, Katie said, "I'm nice, helpful, east to get a long with and artistic." Although she is making great headway in developing friendships and becoming more social, she would benefit tremendously from having an adult in her life who could be her special friend -- someone who would hang in there during good times and bad times.
With spring, new life and new energy just around the corner, maybe this would be an ideal time for you to make the decision to help a child grow. Please give us a call at 829-4606 in Brainerd, firstname.lastname@example.org; 546-7308 in Crosby, email@example.com; or 568-4015 in Pequot Lakes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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