Former foster child collects clothes, toys for other foster kids

Tray Ling

Traffic Anchor & Transportation Specialist Former foster child collects clothes, toys for other foster kids Updated: 5:12 PM EDT Mar 31, 2021 Hide Transcript Show Transcript KATIE: LAILA BURGESS IS ABOUT TO TURN SEVEN-YEARS-OLD AND THIS YEAR, SHE IS CELEBRATING HER BIRTHDAY IN A VERY INSPIRING WAY. >> SHE IS […]

Former foster child collects clothes, toys for other foster kids



KATIE: LAILA BURGESS IS ABOUT TO TURN SEVEN-YEARS-OLD AND THIS YEAR, SHE IS CELEBRATING HER BIRTHDAY IN A VERY INSPIRING WAY. >> SHE IS A VERY CURIOUS PERSON, A VERY OLD SOUL, AND SHE’S ALWAYS KNOWN SHE’S BEEN ADOPTED, SHE’S ALWAYS HAD CURIOSITY ABOUT FOSTER CHILDREN. KATIE COLEEN BURGESS ADOPTED : LAILA OUT OF FOSTER CARE WHEN SHE WAS JUST 8 MONTHS OLD. PRIOR TO THAT, BURGESS SPENT FOUR MONTHS TAKING IN FOSTER CHILDREN FOR EMERGENCY PLACEMEN NEARLY 18 OF THEM. AND RECENTLY, LAILA — HAS BEEN INTRIGUED AT WHAT LIFE FOR THESE KIDS IN THE INTERIM IS LIKE. >> WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THOSE KIDS CAME. AND WHEN THEY CAME TO THE HOUSE THEY HAD NOTHING. THEY JUST HAD THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK. KATI THAT IT GAVE LAILA AN IDEA. SHE ASKED HER MOM IF THEY COULD COLLECT 107 BAGS TO DONATE FOR CHILDREN IN NEED. >> JUST BASIC NEEDS. AN OUTFIT, PAJAMAS, TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE, MAYBE A BOOK OR A STUFFED ANIMAL. KATIE: THEY PUT OUT THE WORD ON FACEBOOK AND WITHIN MONTHS COLLECTED CLOSE TO 20000 BAGS — BAGS WORTH OF ITEMS FOR TWO 200 ORGANIZATIONS, CATIE’S CLOSET IN HYDE PARK, AND THE WONDERFUND ON BOYLSTON ST. — BOYLSTON STREET. >> FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, STRANGERS, THEY ALL PARTICIPATED. KATIE: AN INCREDIBLE FEAT AND A PRETTY SPECIAL LESSON TO MARK LAILAS SPECIAL DAY. >> IT WAS REALLY AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT THAT WE GOT AND WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE. KATIE: LAILA WAS AT SCHOOL WHEN I SPOKE TO HER MOM BUT SHE WANTS TO THANK THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN HELPING HER. WE’LL LINK MORE INFO ABOUT THE WONDERFUND ON OUR WEBSITE WC

An act of love comes full circle with a 7-year-old girl who could teach all of us a little something about giving back.

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