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Success Story: Shane's Eagle project helps foster kids

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A local 13-year-old Boy Scout, who was once a foster child, is giving back. Shane was matched with his forever family at the age of seven, but the one thing he will never forget about his old life is having his belongings delivered to him in a trash bag.

Shane talks to News 8 about his Eagle Scout project, which is turning a painful memory, into something positive.

"My last foster home, they put my stuff in a black, trash bag and they took it over to my mom's house," explained Shane.

Shane was just seven-years-old when he moved out of foster care and into a forever home with his new mom Lisa, but the one memory that still haunts him is having his belongings delivered in a garbage bag.

"It made me feel really bad because, if my stuff is put in a trash bag that made me feel like my stuff isn't worth anything. So it really affected my sense of self-worth," continued Shane.

That was six years ago, but Shane, who is now 13, remembers it like it was yesterday. So when it came time for this decorated Boy Scout to come up with an idea for his Eagle Scout project, demonstrating leadership skills while benefiting the community, it was a no-brainer.

"He's like I already know what I'm doing mom. I'm going to do something with foster children and I know exactly what I'm going to do and he knew right away from his past moving from place to place and home to home things he would have liked," said Lisa.

Shane's mission is to give at least 100 foster children, and hopefully many more, a duffle bag filled with a soft blanket, a stuffed animal and a flashlight.

"I chose these things because when I was in foster care, I didn't have a teddy bear to give me comfort. I didn't have a flashlight to turn on. If one of the chairs was making a scary shadow I'd just have a nightmare over it," added Shane.

Shane believes just a few simple items could make all the difference in the world to a foster child.

"Since they're moving from foster home to foster home, I think these are items that would give them comfort because it's a constant in their life that they have. They can put stuff in this duffle bag, their items, instead of putting it in a trash bag," Shane said.

The life Shane has now is a far cry from his life in foster care. He and his mom have traveled the world, feeding ostriches in Aruba and visiting ancient ruins in Europe. But Shane says he will never forget his roots and will always be looking for ways to help ease the pain for other foster kids.

"He's moved on and he's happy and he has a great life, but there are parts of him that remember and feel deeply for some of the things he's experienced," Lisa noted. "So being able to give back is huge."

And Lisa says she couldn't be prouder:

"He's talented, smart, and even more important than that he's compassionate, he's kind, he's giving, he's loving.. He's pretty much everything you'd want or dream for in a child. So I am truly blessed."

Shane's goal is to raise at least $7500 so he can purchase a high quality duffle bag, soft blanket, stuffed animal and flashlight for foster children. His goal is to help 100 kids, but hopes his project will flourish into something more permanent.

If you are interested in adopting, you can call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U during regular business hours.

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