In this issue: Foster Care staff honored; White Castle launches round two of a “round up”; and save the date for Giving Tuesday and Boatload of Toys.

Foster Care Staff Recognized for Excellence

Youth In Need’s Foster Care Manager Qwannie Spears was recognized recently for her outstanding commitment and service to youth at the St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network’s (STLCANN) Stepping Up For Kids annual luncheon. STLCANN honors front line individuals (resource families, case managers, supervisors etc.) who have gone the extra mile to support the children in their care, as well as the families of those children.

Round Up for Youth In Need

White Castle will be holding another “round up” for Youth In Need through Dec. 31! Dine at one of the participating locations below, and you’ll have a chance to “round up” your purchase to the nearest dollar for Youth In Need. The first session, held earlier this year, raised more than $21,000 for Youth In Need’s programs.

11120 New Halls Ferry Road | Florissant, 63033
13600 Manchester Road | St. Louis, 63131
4201 Veterans Memorial Parkway | St. Peters, 63376
2000 Highway 94 | St. Charles, 63303
12025 Dorsett Road | St. Louis, 63043
2212 Highway K | O’Fallon, 63368
1983 Wentzville Parkway | Wentzville, 63386
11979 Paul Mayer Avenue | Bridgeton, 63044

‘Tis the Season for Giving

When Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday is over, think about Youth In Need on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28! Whether you’re an individual, part of a community or school group or a small business looking to support your community, there are hundreds of ways to show your generosity. Youth In Need will be raising money to support our programs and services, and it’s so easy to participate. Just make a gift on our website on Nov. 28, and watch your email and our social channels for the link to get you there.

Save the Date for Boatload of Toys

Mark your calendars for the 14th annual Boatload of Toys drive and help make wishes come true this holiday season! Join our friends 93.7 The Bull at Bass Pro Shops in St. Charles beginning Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3! The Bull will be broadcasting live from the parking lot collecting books, toys, hygiene supplies, hoodies, duffel bags and more! Items support Youth In Need’s clients, ages birth to 24, and programs that include Head Start and Early Head Start, homeless youth outreach, residential youth housing, transitional youth housing, counseling and foster care. If you’d like to volunteer to help collect toys from donors during Boatload, sign up here.