Bonham couple opens 'The Isaiah Closet' for foster kids
Local kids in foster care now have a place to go get their very own clothes, shoes, stuffed animals and more, all thanks to the idea of one Bonham couple.
Josh and Casey Holly have opened their home to eight different kids in foster care. Most came without any belongings.
"Some of them literally only came with the clothes that they were wearing, some of them came with as little as a small diaper box full," Casey said.
They've now adopted five of those kids in addition to their one biological child. But with about 80 Fannin County kids in foster care right now, they came up with another way to help.
"I had 15 tubs in my attic that were filled with clothes and just called all the foster parents I knew and told them if they needed anything to call us," Casey said.
That is how the idea came about for their nonprofit "The Isaiah Closet." They started small.
"We moved from a garage to a couple storage units while we raised the funds," Casey said.
As word spread, they've now raised more than $13,000 and just opened up a resource center right by the courthouse in Bonham. It's for foster kids in Fannin, Grayson and northern Collin Counties.
"We built the Isaiah Closet off of Isaiah 1:17, protecting those who don't have anyone to protect them," Josh said.
"Each kid gets a bag, blanket, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap," Casey said.
Also clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, weighted blankets, rockers and more.
"Each kid gets a brand new set of pajamas," Casey said.
Foster families can get a bag delivered or come into the store.
"My calling from God and from His word is to serve people and love people, and that's what The Isaiah Closet is," Josh said.
They will also host foster parent information sessions and classes at the resource center. If you want to get more information or donate to the Isaiah Closet, click on the related link.