You won’t find many people in this world who are more honest than a child. That’s something Rayn Boncie knows better than anyone. Her nonprofit, Things of My Very Own, Inc., seeks to bridge the gap between what social services provide to children in the foster care system, and the items that they actually need. Since 2008, Things of My Very Own has served thousands of individuals, and Rayn believes this will be a record-breaking year.
“I don’t want these children lying in bed at night wondering if they’re worth it. I want them to know that they are. I want them to know someone in the world cares about them,” shares Rayn Boncie, CEO/Founder.
Rayn Boncie and Her Nonprofit Help Foster Children Every Christmas
During the holiday season, Things of My Very Own collects Christmas gifts for foster children. Many children write their wish list on a tag, which members of the community will collect and then buy gifts to fulfill each kid’s wish.
Their sobering responses weren’t that of a typical child at Christmas
None of them asked for this year’s hottest toy, or another video game to add to their collection. No, the children who filled out these tags listed their “innermost dreams”—things that should be part of everyone’s childhood.
“’A Dad,’ ‘new clothes so I won’t get picked on,’ or something as simple as ‘a comb.’ Perhaps most heart-wrenching was the teen boy who asked for feminine hygiene products for his younger sister, so she wouldn’t have to keep missing school.”