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Matthew 18:5 Baskets

We welcomed our very first foster placement on a cold, icy night last winter. It was around 11:00pm. My husband braved the frozen roads because the social worker didn’t have a four-wheel drive to get up our hill. He brought home the tiniest baby dressed in a short sleeved onesie and pants, but no socks. There was a blanket covering the car seat, but that was all of the personal items sent.

A church from the county where the baby lived provided a beautiful basket for DCS to give out to foster families. In that basket was everything we needed to get through that first, cold, and uncertain night. This is where the idea for the Matthew 18:5 baskets came from. The basket contained socks and a sleeper. I was thankful to have something to get the baby warmed up. There were onesies, a snuggly blanket, a pacifier, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and baby wash items. There were even a few bottles in the basket. DCS did provide some formula samples that we used until the ice melted on the roads and we could get to the store the next day. The basket also included a greeting card that assured us that God himself had chosen this child for our family to love and care for, even if just for the night. Even though I felt so unsure over the next few days, this card helped me know that somebody was praying for me. I knew that we were to become part of this baby’s story.

During the launch of GFC’s adoption/foster care ministry I was telling my best friend about the church collecting the baskets to give to Washington County’s DCS for foster families. She and her husband decided to donate two newborn boy baskets in memory of their twin boys that they lost due to miscarriage. The ministry’s initial goal is to collect one basket for each age and gender.

Now we had an extra newborn boy basket sitting at my house. A week later I received a text from a friend who is a foster mom. She had just gotten a call and was waiting at the hospital to take home a newborn baby boy. This was unexpected and late in the evening. That extra basket was meant for her! It is amazing to see how God weaves people’s stories together when it comes to providing for children in need.

Brandy Shelton

If you're interested in contributing a basket for a foster family, please contact Gabby Range to find out current needs.


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