Sammy's Window provides direct services to foster and adoptive families in the form of clothing, food, hygiene items, furniture, school supplies, and baby equipment. To assist our families with donations of these items, or to host a drive, contact Garni Churan.
Sammy's Window in Chillicothe
- Location: 409 W. Washington, Chillicothe, MO 64601
- Hours: Opening Soon!
Frequently picked up and brought into foster care as a result of police intervention or emergency room visits, children often only have the clothes on their backs. Missouri's very modest annual clothing allowance (under $300 per year) falls far short of covering clothing necessities. Sammy's Window Direct Services, filled with new or gently used items donated by individuals and community groups, provides quality clothing to foster, adoptive and kinship families free of charge. Staffed by dedicated volunteers, the closet strives to be user friendly and offer a wide variety of seasonally appropriate options for any child or teen.
Foster, adoptive and kinship families may access Sammy's Window any time they have a need, and receive up to seven outfits per child/per month. Along with clothing, Sammy's Window provides diapers (as available), car seats, strollers, high chairs, beds, cribs, gently used books and toys for new placements, and operates a Birthday Closet filled with new toys that families can access to help a child in foster care celebrate his or her special day!
How You Can Help
- Share our mission with your church or business. We love to speak to groups to raise awareness for the needs of kids in foster care.
- Donate new and gently used clothing items, beds, dressers, baby equipment, hygiene items, or food.
- Host a drive at your church, organization, or business.
Contact Garni Churan for more information.
The Sammy's Window Story
On July 11, 2008 Mark Hay sat at his Dad’s bedside, along with his step-mother, and watched his father, Samuel L. Hay, peacefully take his last breath here on earth. Although his heart no longer beats physically on this earth, his heart beats for others in the formation of this program.
As a boy, at only 6 years of age, Sammy was forced to leave his home and his family because of financial hardships and family health issues. He was placed on a bus and sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Fair Grove, MO. He used to tell Mark that the first few days there he would sit and look out the window trying to find something that made sense to him again. His world, as he had known it, no longer existed.
Mark states, “My Dad was a very unique man who had a heart for helping others. Dad spent many years helping people in Kenya, the Fiji Islands, the Philippines, as well as several other countries. He taught them how to better their lives through learning new skills. He really had a passion for this God-given ability and he had a call on his life. He liked taking part in providing answers to problems and to give people a hand up. He would be the first to tell you that he was not a perfect man, but I’m here to tell you he was a good man.”
Sammy’s Window strives to support children in foster care who are trying to find their way in a new home as a living memorial to Samuel L. Hay. Our desire is to show them that there are people out there who care.