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Iowa Editorial: Former foster kids give back

Amber and Amy Haskill's story is inspiring.

Growing up as foster children is tough enough, but the twins, who turn 15 next week, survived being separated by the system and have been adopted by Alli and Dan Haskill of Rock Island, joining their sons Logan, 15, and Liam, 13.

Just those facts show a huge success for the girls and the foster care system, but it wasn't enough for Amber and Amy. They know how tough it is for foster children, and they want to help children who are in the system. So, they created Closet2Closet, a program that provides free clothing to foster kids age 10 to 18.

The twins started the charity about two years ago, taking donated clothing, washing it and giving it to foster children.

"When you are moving around, oftentimes that person doesn't get to keep anything," Amy told us in a story in Monday's paper. "You just go to the next home with nothing."

"When I came here to Rock Island, I came with nothing but the clothes on my back," Amber told us.

Q-C Closet2Closet was created to address that.

The program has grown enough that the Haskills now have a storage unit to hold the clothing, and they hold shopping days for foster kids on a quarterly basis. The next is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church's Faith Hall, 1330 13th St., Moline. Foster children can simply show up with either a foster parent or a case worker with proof they are in the foster care system.

They also give out care packages that include toiletry items, new socks and underwear and other personal items.

For their efforts, the twins were singled out recently as Citizens of the Year by the city of Rock Island. They make all of the Quad-Cities proud.

The Quad-City Times


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