Rayola

Working to provide a sense of belonging and comfort to children in the foster care system and any child who is in need.

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683 Quilts Distributed

 

258 Duffle Bags Distributed

 
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Current Counties Serviced

 
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Who We Are

Hi, my name is Keri Withers. Years ago, my family was changed by the miracle of adoption and my eyes were opened to the struggles of children in the foster care system. I started doing service projects to help those in need, but I always felt like I needed to do more. Then three years ago, I headed up a project to create and deliver duffle bags with basic supplies and comfort items to my local DHS agency. During this effort, I met Christie Blackford and we became fast friends as we shared a common interest in helping those who are vulnerable in our world. She encouraged me to follow my instincts, think bigger, and do more. So, Rayola was created. Rayola is named after a woman that I knew 23 years ago in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I was seven months pregnant and my Mom was hundreds of miles away. I met Rayola at our church and she took me under her wing. She taught me how to sew onesies out of old t-shirts, care for a sick child, and even can vegetables from a garden. Then in 2003, Rayola Wright died leaving behind her husband and six children. Her life of service, love, and devotion to others inspires this organization as we strive to honor her by upholding similar values. Now the organization ‘Rayola’ is here to serve the children and youth who suffer the consequences of other people’s actions. We are hoping to provide comfort, hope, and peace in the lives of those who need it most.

 

Current Projects

Find out more about these projects and others by visiting our blog!

Rayola is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.

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School Supplies
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Personal Pillowcases

Goal: 1000 pillowcases
Goal Reached: 1400+ pillowcases
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SEWING AND DONATIONS!

Comfort Kits

We are beginning efforts to fundraise and gather supplies to create comfort kits for children who are in the foster care system in Michigan! All of the money and supplies donated will be used to purchase supplies and duffle bags for the comfort kits. Click below to see what we are doing!

Christmas Quilts 

During 2021 Rayola has given quilts and pillowcases to over 200 children and youth in the foster care system in Northern Michigan. This Christmas we are giving quilts and more to all the children in foster care in Midland, Gladwin and Arenac counties. We are also giving Christmas gifts to the children in all 10 of the counties we are currently serving! To find out more about what we have done in 2021 click below!

 
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"There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children."

Nelson Mandela

 

Contact Us!

Get in touch with the Rayola team to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. We would love to hear from you to talk about our purpose and how you can help. Use this form or the email below to contact us!

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