Ian Thompson at the Daily Republic recently visited with Jodie Williams, founder of California’s Heart 2 Heart organization. A former foster child herself, Jodie knows how tough life can be after aging out. She actually lived in a car for a while.

And so with a huge heart and a lot of help from volunteers, Jodie gathers donated items stored in a donated warehouse to give away to those in need. The items range from school supplies, to furniture, to bus passes. The variety of items is astounding — as individuals and organizations step in to offer what they can.

Receiving their non-profit status earlier this year, Heart 2 Heart hopes to stop the horrible cycle of kids aging out and ending up homeless, or even worse. “We basically do what parents would do,” said Williams. Much of their work is done through their Facebook page. Those in need post on the page, while those who can offer products or services do the same. Currently Heart 2 Heart is helping about 200 foster youth.

Heart 2 Heart will not turn anyone away. The group feels like family, and they treat everyone who comes to them as such. Volunteers help in a variety of ways including gathering and delivering food to those in need.

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