Student supporting foster children through T-shirt sales


PHILIPPI — A Philip Barbour High School senior is dedicating a special project to help foster families in the area.

Sierra said when deciding what to focus on for her senior project, she knew she wanted to help the area somehow.

“I wanted to do something that helped out the community in a different way,” she said. “I’ve always had someone there to help me and foster children don’t always have that, so if I can help them get something that they’ve always wanted, then that’s good enough for me.”

Dickenson is actively working to raise money for foster families by hosting a T-shirt fundraiser.

“Before a child can go into a home, (foster families) have to have a home study, and the service agent has to go in and make sure they have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, outlet covers and other safety measures before the kid can go to that home,” she said. “A lot of people can’t afford those things, so what I’m doing is trying to help raise money so that I can get some of the stuff for them and hopefully give (the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources) the leftover money, so if a person needs any of those items, they have the means to do that.”

Anyone interested in donating to the cause — either by purchasing a T-shirt or donating items — may contact Dickenson at 304-518-8017.

“On the front of the T-shirt there is a house that says ‘Hope for fosters,’ and on the back it says, ‘Don’t let the place that you came from dictate the places you’ll go,'” Dickenson said. “On the bottom is says ‘#Hope for Fosters.'”

T-shirts will be on sale until March 23 at a cost of $12.50 or $15.50 for sizes 3X and up.

All items and money collected for her project will be donated to the Department of Health and Human Resources in Randolph County for distribution. Dickenson said she has raised just over $300 thus far.

“If I can give them a little bit of help to be used for these items, then that’s a home for a child, temporarily or forever,” she said.

Dickenson is a member of the PBHS band, Volga-Century Busy Bees, 4-H and works part-time at Country Blooms.