During August, Oklahoma City metro-area Jersey Mike’s locations, including Norman and Stillwater locations, will be donating 100 percent of cookie sales to Sunbeam Family Services’ Foster Care program.
“At Jersey Mike’s we are committed to having a positive impact in our communities,” said Charlie Brown, franchisee and area director of Jersey Mike’s. “Children are the building blocks of our future and this is a small way we can help. Please come by any of our stores this August, have a great meal and buy a cookie for kids. It’s really good and every penny you spend on it will help a foster child.”
Sunbeam’s Foster Care program works to improve children’s safety, well-being and permanency from birth to age 18. While the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) works with biological parents on a pathway to reunification, Sunbeam provides ongoing support to foster families through 24/7 case management, training and connection to resources.
“We are grateful for Jersey Mike’s continued partnership in helping children in foster care,” said Sunbeam CEO Sarah Rahhal, LCSW, IMH-E®. “Sunbeam welcomes all families, and there is a critical need for foster families in our community. Every child deserves to have a loving family; to live in a home that provides stability and opportunities for growth. ‘Cookies for Kids’ will both raise awareness about this need, as well as financial donations to help meet the need.”
According to OKDHS, more than 7,300 children are in DHS in custody. Sunbeam recruits and trains new foster parents year-round. The nonprofit provides temporary care and supportive services in a home environment for children in Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain and Oklahoma counties. Throughout the placement, Sunbeam staff monitors in-home stability, attends court hearings and ensures the overall success of the child in foster care.
Last year, Jersey Mike’s “Cookies for Kids” promotion raised $14,000 to support children in foster care and Sunbeam foster families.