Appreciation event planned for Foster families

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The Williamston Police Department Policing Initiative is teaming with the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program to recognize foster care in Anderson County with a Foster Care Appreciation and Awareness Event which will be held on May 31st at the Caroline Community Center in Williamston.

The event is a partnership between the Town of Williamston Community Policing Initiative and South Carolina Youth Advocate Program- Resource Family Program, according to Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor, who is helping organize it.

“Many families in Williamston and other neighboring communities in Anderson have taken children into their home to foster until they can return safely to their birth families,” Taylor said. “These families are valuable assets to the community and deserving of appreciation.”

“I am reaching out to the community to join us in this effort and raise awareness about foster care as well as show appreciation to those that already fostering in our community,” Chief Taylor said.

Taylor said organizers are asking the community to help provide items needed for the event.

“We would like to extend an opportunity for your business/church/organization to partner in this effort.

Needed items include monetary donations which will be used to purchase inflatables and provide other activities for the children

Food including hotdogs and hamburgers along with drinks and condiments to feed approximately 150 people.

They also hope to have donation of services or discount opportunities from area businesses for resource foster families.

For additional information or to help with donations, contact Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor at (864-847-7425).

The event will be held Saturday, May 31 from 4-6 p.m. at Caroline Community Center located 1 School St. in Williamston.