Caring Hearts to raise funds for Placer Kids

By: Bruce Warren, Journal Staff Writer
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A Caring Hearts benefit to help Placer Kids will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Creekside Business Park on Blocker Drive in Auburn. Proceeds from Caring Hearts fundraisers “always stay in the Auburn area,” Vice President Linda Duff said Friday. “We do random acts of kindness and a major fundraiser every year in Auburn.” The non-profit Caring Hearts has been around for 25 years, according to Duff. This year the organization, which meets in members’ homes, has decided to help Placer Kids, which is under the umbrella of Sierra Adoption Services. “It’s the first time we’ve done a wine, music, art and exotic cars celebration,” Duff said. Placer Kids of Auburn has placed more than 440 children with permanent families since it began. Nearly half of the placements last year were children ages 7 and older. The program recruits and educates new foster and adoptive parents and provides foster care licensing and adoptive home studies to families interested in opening their homes. The organization has children who need temporary foster care anywhere from three to 12 months. Placer Kids is currently seeking families for approximately 50 children. The cost of placing one child runs approximately $75,000. A 1948 Jaguar, formerly owned by Clark Gable, will be on display, but not for sale. Artwork including oil paintings and watercolors, as well as jewelry, metal work and sculpting will for sale. Tickets can be purchased for $35 at Cherry Records, or by contacting Nancy Meyer, president of Caring Hearts, at (530) 823-0526. — Bruce Warren