Forever Families: Amplify Austin helps kids in foster care
"I live here. I give here."
It's the rally cry from Amplify Austin. 24 hours of giving from March 1 - 2 is expected to raise millions for Austin charities including Partnerships for Children, which works with CBS Austin each week to feature a foster child ready for adoption.
"We are 100 percent community funded. That means all our funds come from you all. Everything is from the community. So a dollar helps, a hundred dollars helps. Every single cent helps," said Katie Young with PFC.
PFC works directly with Child Protective Services and says the next 24 hours of giving can change a life.
"Each year the number of children we serve gets larger and larger," said Young.
It's simple to donate. Go to amplifyatx.org, click on DONATE and type PARTNERSHIPS in the search column, then GIVE. You can even create a fundraiser page and invite your friends to give too.
"One thing that always gets me is the beds. We used to go through maybe five beds a month. Currently we are getting requests from workers for approximately 35 beds a month," said Young.
From beds to diapers, the money supports the organizations four core programs. The Rainbow Room is a 24/7 resource center located in the CPS office. Caseworkers gather items for more than 650 kids in crisis each month.
Holiday Wishes provides gifts to over 5,200 children in CPS care. YES Mentoring connects mentors with kids who age out of foster care and The Heart Gallery of Central Texas features harder-to-adopt children giving them a chance to find a home.
"The results are very tangible. You can really see the results right away, whether it's a bed, a photo, a box of diapers. A toothbrush. Anything matters," said Young.
To learn more about Partnerships for Children's Amplify Austin campaign, CLICK HERE. CBS Austin "Forever Families" airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.