OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) “We want this to be a special experience for kids who come in.”
This is not your typical clothing store. They don’t advertise, they don’t pay their workers, and they don’t charge their customers.
“We want this to be really special stuff.” But they fill a need.
“We want this to be something normal for them. It’s so cool to have foster families come in and they are so grateful.”
The clothing, the toys, the personal items at “Borrowed Hearts” are all available for children in the foster care.
“There are a lot of expenses that come along with that and while foster families often do get reimbursed for essentials, it doesn’t happen right away and it’s very minimal.”
Amanda Van Bussum knows about foster families. She and her husband have taken in five foster kids, already adopting three.
“Those 3 babies were exactly what we needed. We learned so much about children and about other people. It helped me have a sense of compassion a little more for sure.”
Amanda is passing that sense of compassion onto her other kids – her students at Owensboro Catholic Middle School.
Amanda and her students volunteer regularly at Borrowed Hearts.
“I don’t think I could do it without them because we have so much here to sort through and they’re very helpful. It also opens their eyes up a little bit to things going on in their community and makes them look outside themselves.”
“She gives back and she teaches our kids that she’s teaching to give back and I couldn’t be more proud of that. That’s the type of lady she is, and that’s what I want my children to grow up to be.”
Not only does Amanda teach good values, but she also lives it.
Amanda has had health issues her entire life. About a year ago, her husband, Travis, needed a new kidney. Without any hesitation, Amanda gave him hers.
“I’m feeling great. Very blessed. If not 100 percent, it’s pretty close.”
With that perfect match, comes more blessings.
Travis and Amanda are hoping to expand their family again by officially adopting their other two foster children.
“I feel very blessed that I met Amanda,” said Amanda’s husband, Travis, “The thing we have done and all the wonderful children we’ve been able to meet. What she’s doing here with Borrowed Hearts, we’ve done so much more than I ever envisioned or dreamed we could.”
“It’s like OK, here’s how we can serve others. It’s just a small way we can do that.”
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Here is the story we reported last year when Amanda donated her kidney to her husband, Travis.
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(This story was originally published on Feb. 25, 2020)