Love matters more than gifts for kids in foster system

JOLLY—RaisingHOPE’s Holidays of Hope event proved festive for all. Courtesy of RaisingHOPE

The holidays were never important to Elizabeth Clews.

Surrounded by strangers while growing up in group homes, the teen was given a trash bag filled with donations and told to choose one gift. Though she was grateful for a present, she still felt like an afterthought.

“Holidays in the group homes were really difficult,” said Clews, now 26. “Everyone—especially people in those situations—wants to f...

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