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Former Adopt 8 kid makes it big

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local Boy Scout we recently featured on our Sunday night Adopt 8 Success Story is headed to the White House.

Thirteen-year-old Shane Uribe will be making the trip to Washington, D.C. next month, where he will be part of a Boy Scout group addressing Congress and will get a chance to meet President Obama.

Shane was adopted into a loving home at the age of 9, but his heart still aches for all of the foster children waiting to find a forever home. So now, he is making a positive impact from his painful past.

Haunted by the memory as a foster child of having his only belongings dumped in a black garbage bag each time he moved, Shane's goal was to provide at least 100 foster kids with a duffle bag, a soft blanket, a stuffed animal, and a flashlight -- things he would have cherished when he was a foster child. Shane recalls having his items tossed in a trash bag "really hurt my sense of self worth, it made me feel like my stuff was worth nothing and I must not be worth anything at all."


 

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CBS News 8 viewers generously responded to Shane's call back in September, and he has raised more than $9,000 to date, along with a number of non-monetary donations, which has allowed him to help more than 200 foster kids. Shane told CBS News 8, "I never even imagined it would sprout to be what it is today."

Shane's compassion got the attention of the San Diego District Attorney's Office. At a news conference outside of the Polinksy Children's Center Monday, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said, "We heard about what Shane was doing and we thought it was a great idea."

Her office made a donation of 100 duffle bags to help young adults ages 18 to 21 who are part of the Extended Foster Care Program. Dumanis said, "Today, I'm happy to announce we were able to expand Shane's project, using asset forfeiture money -- that's money that we take from criminals once they've been convicted -- and we're providing duffle bags with sheets, a pillow, a blanket and a bath towel to older foster care youth who may need these articles as they venture into adulthood.

"They may be going onto college, moving in with a relative, or leaving the foster care system all together and going out on their own. It's our hope these items will give them a small helping hand as they make their way."

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is also following Shane's lead, and recently announced it would ensure that all San Diego County foster children who must make a move to a different home or facility, will be provided with a duffle bag, and at the very least, a stuffed animal.

Supervisor Dave Roberts, who has fostered seven children and adopted five through San Diego County, was at the news conference, and recalled his second foster child having her items placed in a small paper grocery bag, saying, "This child, at the time, was 9 years old. Her entire life was in one shopping bag." He said the bag contained a couple pair of underwear, one sock, not two, and a Barbie doll.

Debra Zanders Willis, Director of Child Welfare Services, thanked Shane saying, "As you can see Shane, it only takes one person to inspire so many. Thank you for inspiring us today, to create this partnership." Child Welfare Services currently serves over 300 youth in Extended Foster Care.

Shane's efforts and impact have now earned this decorated Boy Scout a trip to the White House. His mom Lisa says he is one of just 8 or 9 boys selected from nearly 3 million Boy Scouts to present the group's annual Report to the Nation, all because of his project and his inspiring story.

Shane will even get the chance to go to the Oval Office and meet President Obama, but he says it's the community that deserves the credit. To all who have graciously given to his project, he says, "Thank you very much, everyone who donated, all around, thank you very much, I couldn't have done it without you."

To learn more about Shane's project for foster children, CLICK HERE. If you'd like to donate to the Extended Foster Care Program through the Polinsky Children's Center, please call (858) 874-1058.

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