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Central students help create life books for foster children

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30 basketball players from central high school started Thursday, cutting and pasting, using their creativity to create life books for the children at Buckner Family Place.

"When I grow up I want to work with foster kids so I'm really glad I got this opportunity," said Shelby Owens, Student​.

The life books are essentially photo albums for each child and their foster family to document fun days and major milestones.

The students were set up at various stations from decorating, to filing and arranging, Foster Home Developer Danielle Nicholson says they hope to make 200 life books.

"These kids who have been in and out of care they often don't have those pictures to go back and look on," said Nicholson.

Each 20 page life book starts with the "Who Am I Page" and includes pages for special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas."

"Here's the first tooth that I lost, here is my first day at school and everybody loves pictures and to look back at that and its something great for them to look back at and cherish," said Jeff Brantner, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach.

Brantner and his wife are currently going through the adoption process and he believes the life books are a keepsake each child will treasure their entire life.

"These kids going through this and not being able to have those pictures and those memories I think it's going to be an unbelievable thing," said Brantner.

Senior Chase Ponson says he's never done any scrapbooking but says he and his classmates are giving it their best to make life a little brighter for each child.

"It feels really good to do it they've experienced something no all of us have experienced and it feels good to help them out in the long run," said Ponson.

And offer them a place to store their memories.

Danielle Nicholson with the Buckner Family Place says they always welcome volunteers who would like to contribute to the life books.

Nicholson also says their specific needs are binders, sheet protectors and any art and craft materials for anyone who would like to donate to the ministry.

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