May is National Foster Care Month. Ecklof Bakery in Jamestown has teamed up with G.A. Family Services Therapeutic Foster Care Program to sell cookies to support foster care and raise awareness about the need for foster parents in the Chautauqua area.
The bakery, located on Foote Avenue in Jamestown, will be selling the heart shaped cookies through Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the G.A. Foster Care youth and families.
"We're happy to help in any way we can," said Rick Ecklof, owner of Ecklof Bakery and Deli. "We believe this is a very worthwhile program."
Rick Ecklof, owner of Ecklof Bakery and Deli, offers a sample of his specialty cookie to Damien Marucci, his mother Valarie Marucci and Tiffany Lang, adoption specialist with G.A.
This is the second year that Ecklof's has held the cookie sale.
The Maruccis are foster parents with G.A. Family Services. They celebrated the adoption of Damien this year and continue to provide foster care for other children.
"We appreciate all that the Ecklof family has done to support our program," said Tiffany Lang, adoption specialist with G.A. "We have young people who need a loving home and good parents like the Maruccis, who are willing to be a hero and help a child in need of a safe and loving foster home."
Foster children are between the ages of birth to 21 years old.
"We also have foster parents who are single adults and those with and without children," Lang said.
Therapeutic Foster Care is a program of G.A. Family Services, an affiliate of Lutheran in Jamestown. GAFS serves youth and their families who are in need of care. Treatment includes residential, educational, therapeutic foster care and preventative services.For more information about becoming a foster parent log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org or call 708-6161.