Calgary Foster Mom creates ‘awesome’ free gift service for foster families

Big Christmas surprises are on the way for hundreds of foster children in Calgary thanks to one adoptive mom who saw a need and stepped up to help. Debbie Mastel operates a free gift service for fellow foster parents out of her garage and has collected donated toys to give to the 1,265 foster children in the Calgary area. It’s her first Christmas at operate the service, which it plans to offer year-round. “We call it ‘Take Me Home Toys,’ (with) lightly used and new toys,” Mastel said. “The adoptive parents go online and they can pick out the perfect toys for the kids.” country musicians are mobilizing to help children in need this holiday season Alberta country musicians are mobilizing to help children in need this holiday season – November 28, 2021 Elisa Boschman has arrived at the garage from Mastel on Monday to pick up a doll and other gifts she’d ordered for her adopted 7-year-old daughter, who has been part of her family for just four months. Trending Stories The story continues under the ad” (Given ) her fun for dolls, I think she’s going to be so excited. She’s got nothing like that. She came to us with nothing,” Boschman said. “And then be able to come and find a place like this- this – it’s just awesome.” Julian Hallett e st arrived with a large toy donation on Monday, a collection he and his colleagues had purchased. “We have about $1,500 worth of toys, for all ages,” Hallett said. “We wanted to make sure everyone had something under the tree for Christmas this year.” 5:46 Donation Month: Leslie Horton points out the importance of the Kerby Center in Calgary with special guests Donation Month: Leslie Horton highlights the importance of the Kerby Center in Calgary with special guests – December 8, 2021 Mastel’s donation campaign is underway, with more information available by email [email protected] “Whenever a parent comes to pick up the toys, we know we’re doing the right thing,” Mastel said. Boschman says she is grateful for the support, especially over Christmas. “This is such a gift, a gift to our family. © 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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