Adopted as a signature project in 1998, the Rainbow Room is a collaborative project between the Junior League of Waco and McLennan County Child Protective Services. The Rainbow Room is an emergency resource center that distributes new items such as clothing, shoes, diapers, and formula to Child Protective Services caseworkers so that they may meet the critical needs of children entering foster care or relative care. Thousands of dollars in new, unused items are provided each year through the 24-hour store-like setting and through our newest collaboration, a Back-to-School Event which helps to provide clothing and supplies for children served by CPS. Those interested in contributing may contact the Junior League of Waco, Inc. office at 753-5574, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or click the “Donate” button to the right to make a secure online donation.
Why is this needed?
The League has for many years assisted in partnership with CPS for the Rainbow Room to be stocked with diapers, formula, school uniforms, school supplies, backpacks, shoes, underwear, socks, coats, etc. Anything that makes it easier for a child who has been removed from the home to “fit In” within their new placement. Many of these donated items also help keep families together. CPS will evaluate a parent’s ability to provide these things as whether or not there are concerns the parents can adequately provide for their children. The events sponsored allow families access to these things keeping families together. They average 40 families per month with desperate needs. Through some of their community events they have assisted 400 families and 550 children.
Interested in making a donation? The following items are always needed for the Rainbow Room:
|Baby Lotion/Powder (trial sizes)||Juice Boxes|
|Backpacks||Mops and Brooms|
|Blankets and Sheets||Pack-N-Play Infant Beds|
|Brushes and Combs||School Supplies|
|Car Seats||Shampoo and Conditioner (trial sizes)|
|Clothing (Infant – Teenage)||Shoes|
|Dish Washing Soap||Toothbrushes and Toothpaste|
|Formula and Baby Food||Underwear|
|Household Cleaners||Wipes (small packages)|
|Individually Packaged Snacks|