Fort Mill Times

New Fort Mill ‘Attic’ makes it easier for families to foster

Foster Attic seemed like too good an idea for Mitch Clark not to help

Same for Chase Knowles. Same for local churches, and who knows who all else moving forward.

“We are two foster parents who concocted this idea,” said Loyd Ramsey, who recently began Foster Attic with wife Sandra. “The good Lord gave it to us and we’re putting it into action.”

The Ramseys began fostering children in Florida about seven years ago. About a year ago they moved to Fort Mill. They’re fostering twins now. What they’ve seen with multiple placements, Sandra said, is the same story.

“When they come in, they come in with nothing,” she said.

Loyd said it’s traumatic for children to be ripped from their home and have nothing of their own, nothing familiar, in a new environment. Foster Attic is a “network of people who are concerned,” designed “to help soften the blow a little bit.” The community donates clothes, furniture – whatever a foster child might like or need – and Foster Attic allows parents in the system to come by and take items home.

“We’re here to let them know they can give clothes, give shoes, give books, give toothpaste,” Sandra said. “Something that these kids can have and feel like, this is mine.”

The “here” is A Lock-It self storage in Fort Mill. Clark owns the place. When he heard what the Ramseys were doing he volunteered a unit that he easily could have rented for a nice check each month. But the good business he’s had is the reason he gave it away.

“God’s blessed us with a great business there,” he said. “This is just a way I can give back.”

Clark wasn’t the only one. A conversation between the Ramseys and a Home Depot employee in Rock Hill made its way to Knowles. He’s only been store manager there about three months. On Thursday a team of 10 employees came from the store to install shelving and get the unit ready for the many items donated already.

“We enjoy being part of the local community any way we can,” Clark said.

Working through the York County Foster Parents Association, the Ramseys will make items available free of charge to area foster parents. Release the Oppressed Ministries, also in Fort Mill, is helping launch Foster Attic.

For more information, call 548-5077.