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Help Desk: Foster Mom overwhelmed with donations

11:31 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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BALLGROUND, Ga -- Being a foster parent and providing tender loving care around-the-clock is enough of a responsibility -- imagine adding a lot more to it. Well, one foster mom, Misty Barry, is doing just that.

She lives in a quiet residential neighborhood and has been a foster mom to more than 26 youngsters.

But at the same time, she is making sure that scores and scores of others have all the clothing and other essentials they need.

Barry found out the hard way that she needed lots of clothes on hand.

"We got 4 children on a Sunday at Midnight and with nothing, just the clothes on their back," she said.

Scrambling for something for the children to wear, she came up with an idea to help foster parents.

"We have to start a clothing closet for these children for intake emergency type clothing," Barry said.

"I sent some messages out on Facebook to some community friends and next thing I knew my front porch was covered from one side to the other with bags and items and it has blown up from there," she added.

Barry says she's run out of space -- her basement, playroom, all of her closets and her attic filled to capacity.

"We are really in need of a storage building in our back yard where I can just step outside and get the items people need," Barry said.

The 11Alive Help Desk saw the enormous clutter and wanted to help.

We contacted The Home Depot.

They reached out to their vendor Sheds USA, who surprised Barry with news that they would build a shed to house the Clothes Closet.

"Oh my goodness, goodness. You all got me, wow, this is just so great," Barry excitedly told Chuck Harris, the Shed USA representative who surprised her.

With Christmas just around the corner, Barry is now anxious for more donations, now with a place to put them.

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