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Eckerd's mission is to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance. This is driven by our vision of ensuring that each child has the opportunity to succeed, and our belief that all children have the right to grow up safe, healthy, and fulfilled in families that love and nurture them.
Every two minutes, a child is removed from his or her home due to abuse or neglect, often with nothing more than the clothes on their back. Children entering foster care seldom have a toothbrush and many carry the few belongings they have in a garbage bag. But there’s hope for these children in need.
Eckerd’s Raising Hope program provides these children with emergency supplies like clothing and toiletries along with comfort items, like a teddy bear. The program model covers three main divisions of resources -- Rooms of Hope, Opportunities of Hope and Futures of Hope.
Rooms of Hope are set up like stores and are filled with fresh clothing, pajamas, shoes, hygiene items, diapers and other necessities. Children and families are able to "shop" for the items they need all while maintaining a sense of pride and dignity. Rooms of Hope are usually co-located within Eckerd offices or facilities for easier access in emergency situations.
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