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Supporting Foster Families with Clothing, Food, Toys, and More

One of the most common struggles for foster parents is a lack of support as they care for youth who have experienced abuse or neglect. Missouri provides the second lowest stipend for foster parents in the entire US, while Kansas offers the seventh lowest. Without adequate resources, individuals and families sadly find themselves unable to take in children in need of a safe, loving home.

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Sammy’s Window provides a wide variety of free items to lift the tangible burden of caring for youth who are in foster care or have been adopted. Through the ongoing help of community donations, FosterAdopt Connect stocks items for all stages of child development. Depending on location, this may include:

  • New or gently used, clean clothing
  • New or gently used shoes
  • New socks and underwear
  • Hygiene products
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Dry goods
  • New or like new books
  • New toys
  • Baby equipment
  • School supplies

Why is Sammy’s Window Important?

One day at Sammy’s window, a young teenage boy came in with gift cards and cash he wanted to donate ahead of the Christmas season. While he was still standing at the counter, the phone rang. A nine-month pregnant, 24-year old woman was calling to say that she just learned her younger siblings were returning to foster care. Though she was advocating to have the children placed in her home, she did not have the resources needed to care for multiple children.

Through community donations, we were able to provide beds, mattresses, food, hygiene items, and school supplies to the family. However, it was close enough to Christmas that it was too late for them to participate in our Give Joy Holiday program. Thankfully, the young man at the counter was in the right place at the right time. Through shared tears, he told the mom that he would be covering Christmas gifts for all of her children.

Give Hope to a Child

Your donation can make a difference for a child in our community.

Host a Drive

Gather supplies to meet basic needs with the support of friends, family, and coworkers.

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Contact the Sammy's Window Location Nearest You

WEST MISSOURI (HQ)

 

  • 18600 E. 37th Terrace S, Independence, MO 60457

Clothing Closet Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 8am-4pm
  • 1st & 3rd Saturdays: 8am-Noon

Food Pantry Hours

  • Friday: Noon-4pm
  • Saturday: 9am-Noon

Contact Faye Steiner-Woods

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

  • 2198 N. Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Clothing Closet Hours

  • Tuesday: 1pm-3:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am-11am

Contact Mary Haldeman

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI

 

  • 509 S. Cavalier, Springfield, MO 65802

Clothing Closet and Food Pantry Hours

  • By appointment

Contact Mark Hay

EAST KANSAS

 

  • 901 N. 8th St. Kansas City, KS 66101
  • Clothing Closet Hours Vary

Contact Joni Hiatt

NORTHWEST MISSOURI

 

  • 409 W. Washington, Chillicothe, MO 64601
  • Clothing Closet Hours Vary

Contact Garni Churan