Jackie Kemp, RN, BSN, OCN®, San Antonio Chapter Treasurer

There are approximately 4,000 children in foster care in Bexar County, Texas. The San Antonio Chapter is excited to partner with the South Texas Alliance for Orphans this year at ONS Congress™! Our goal is to gather supplies for caseworker kits. These kits will play a huge role in helping Child Protective Services caseworkers care for children in high-stress situations. Caseworkers have the extremely hard job of going into a home in crisis and trying to find a safe solution for the children affected. When children need to be removed from a home due to abuse or neglect, the caseworker transports them in their vehicle. Caseworker kits are full of supplies that can lighten the load and boost the spirits of the children; plus, they are easy for caseworkers to keep handy in their vehicle. Usually, caseworkers spend their own money on many of these items, as well as on food, because the children are often hungry. That is why we hope to also raise funds to purchase gift cards for meals for the children. We are excited about the opportunity to create many caseworker kits through ONS Congress.

You have the opportunity to be on the frontlines in caring for children during the hardest moments of their lives by supporting the caseworkers who are serving them. Would you be willing to donate items to build caseworker kits or give money that can be used for the kits or gift cards? If so, bring any of the supplies listed to the San Antonio Chapter booth at ONS Congress:

  • Packages of wet wipes 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Packages of tissues
  • Rolls of paper towels
  • Packages of individually wrapped gum
  • Boxes of adhesive bandages
  • Packages of hair ties
  • Bag of Smarties candy
  • Plastic zipper storage bags
  • Individually wrapped bags of Goldfish crackers
  • Small bottles of water
  • Fidget toys
  • Stress toys
  • Crayons
  • Coloring books

Don’t forget to pack your items with you as you prepare for arrival in San Antonio. Not registered yet? Join us for the most comprehensive and largest conference dedicated to oncology nursing. Register by March 12 to save with early-bird pricing.

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