Utah's First Lady Abby Cox and Utah business Online Marketplace Jane, located in Lehi, are helping hundreds of foster kids and their families get ready for the new school year.
Teams packed 250 backpacks with school supplies that will go to foster kids in the state.
Actress Kathrine Heigl, Congressman Blake Moore and leaders from the non-profit ‘Raise the Future’ are working alongside the first lady and Jane in bringing awareness to foster care in the state.
Cox stressed the importance of Utah businesses and organizations stepping in to support efforts like this service project.
“Sometimes we get overwhelmed and think, 'well I can't take a foster child right now. That's not where I'm at in my life and with my family right now, it's just not possible.' That's okay. We want as many foster families as we possibly can get, but everybody can do something," explained Cox.
Jane CEO Taleeb Noormohamed issued a challenge to other Utah businesses and corporations.
"We have the means to be able to do this. We've been so lucky with growth over the course of the last little while, but It's our obligation to give back. I'd encourage other CEOs and other companies to step up and do their part as well,” Noormohamed said.
Raise the Future selected 250 kids to receive the pre-filled backpacks.
Leaders said projects like these help this particular community feel seen and know that they are not forgotten in Utah.