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May is National Foster Care Month and for these ReachFM listeners, it’s a chance to make a difference in the lives of children in foster care.
Timmy is impacting the kids in foster care through his dramatic and musical talents. Appearing in the role of Judge Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one way he can share the blessings of God with others in his community.
What does music mean to you?
Music sets the mode of my day. The song I wake up to makes me feel like, “Okay this is a day when I can get something done.” If I’m bored, a song can change my attitude and motivate me. When I am on stage, music is that emotional connection. Often it reveals more about the emotions and thoughts of the character I’m playing than even the words.
Why are you involved in foster care?
As Christians, we’re called to help the widows and orphans any way we can. I’m eighteen so I may not be able to foster or adopt a child right now but I can still support someone. There’s a 4KIDS program where for a dollar a day, you can provide for a child in foster care. I can even write letters or send pictures of myself as a way to show the child I sponsor that there is someone who cares about them and they are not alone. In a couple weeks, I’m graduating from high school. There have been so many people who have made a difference in my life. My support of 4KIDS is a neat opportunity to change from someone who has been helped all my life to someone who can go out and help someone else.
When you stop to think about it, it’s hard to imagine that there are kids who don’t have anyone in their life to encourage them, no one to celebrate with them. I don’t know how I would have gotten through high school without my parents and the friends I have. I’m glad that I have the chance to be that encouragement to someone.
What inspires you?
I was raised in a family where it’s expected to help others out. For me and my friends, we don’t feel like we are doing anything out of the ordinary. We keep each other accountable and it’s great to know that we can encourage each other to be who we are and find our own unique way of making a difference.
For Julia, foster care is as close as friend.
Julia is fifteen and she is an active part of her church’s youth group. “I’ve been listening to ReachFM for a while and I love the music they play and the chance to see my favorite groups in concert. Before anyone knew who Tenth Avenue North was, I went to their concert with ReachFM. I and my friends had the chance to go back stage and meet them. It’s fun to know about bands before anyone else does.”
ReachFM has encouraged Julia to start using her talents to make a difference in the foster care crisis in her community. For Julia, foster care is as close as her friends in youth group. “For a while, I didn’t know much about foster care. Then a friend’s family adopted two foster children. This year, our drama group is putting on Tom Sawyer with the money raised going to benefit 4KIDS. I think it’s great that God is using a play about an orphan to make people aware of the orphans in our own neighborhoods.”
Stars in the Universe is a theatrical arts company for home educated children. Their large scale production of the classic Tom Sawyer features incredible sets, toe-tapping music, and heart-stirring themes. Every day 7-10 children enter foster care in Broward County. This tale of the beloved Tom will benefit the mission of 4KIDSofSFL.org to provide a home for each of these “temporary orphans” in the foster care system in our community.