We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on improving and enriching the lives of children living in either individual foster homes or group homes, with special emphasis on youth who are aging out of the foster care system.
Some of the things we provide are as follows:
Group Homes/ Individual Foster Homes
Assisting with everyday supplies like linens, personal items, school supplies, baby items and cleaning supplies.
Supplies for Arts and Crafts
Holiday and Special Event Celebrations
Stock library with new books
Volunteer for group home events and fundraisers
And most importantly just being there for the families and the kids
First Grocery run
The US Foster Care System currently houses over 422,000 children.
More than 23,000 children will age out of the US Foster Care System each year.
Giving Kids Hope Foundation's mission is to empower lives and to give hope to those impacted by foster care. We are strongly committed to the support of foster kids to grow, improve and move forward into a brighter future.
Being placed in foster care can be traumatizing and stressful. At Giving Kids Hope we believe that we can provide a network for all foster care kids, foster care families and group homes to reach out for assistance and support. Therefore, taking away some of that stress. We believe this kind of support will enable the kids to one day enter the world with confidence and become productive and independent.
Meet the Founders of Giving Kids Hope Foundation
Immediately after birth, Gordon Hill was placed into foster care due to his mother being seriously injured in a car accident. Since doctors gave her very little chance of surviving, she reluctantly signed over custody of Gordon and his older brother with the stipulation that they be adopted together. Gordon and his brother lived in foster care for three years before their mother’s wish was carried out.
Gordon considers his adoption story to be one of success. He grew up with a loving family that taught him morals, ethics and Christian values. As an adult, Gordon married the love of his life, Michelle Humphrey. Together they raised three children and started a family business. However, with all the positivity in Gordon’s life, he never forgot his past. In 2005, with the support of his family, including his adopted mother, Gordon started searching for his birth mom. In 2005, his search came to an end when Michelle stumbled across information connecting him to his mother.
Gordon then learned that he had been given the name William Gordon Stokes at birth and Gordon was his birth mother’s maiden name. With his birth mother’s help Gordon was able to meet with his birth father; a couple months later his father sadly passed away from a heart attack. Since then, Gordon has built relationships with a half-sister and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Gordon and Michelle wanted to do something to honor those who helped him to become the successful, productive person that he has become, as well as to give back to those who are the same journey that Gordon once traveled in foster care. So together, they founded Giving Kids Hope Foundation, Inc. Their hope is to brighten the future of foster kids in group homes as well as those living with foster families all across North Carolina.
Michelle Humphrey Hill was born and raised in a small town in South Georgia where she and her best friend, Marie, spent time together. Marie had spent much of her life in foster care and moving from home to home. Michelle began to understand that Marie’s life was very different than most kids their age. 4 years later, Marie was moved to a group home a few hours away, and they eventually lost contact.
Michelle met and married Gordon Hill, who had lived the early part of his life in foster care and was adopted at the age of three. Together, they raised their 3 children and built a family business. With the invention of Facebook, Michelle and Marie were able to reconnect in 2008. Marie explained what her life was like and the struggle of aging out of foster care in the late 80’s. At that time in Georgia, foster care kids aged out at 18 with no programs in place to assist in transitioning out of the system. Michelle could see the traumatizing effects it had throughout Marie’s entire life. Michelle and Marie kept in contact for the next few years until Marie unexpectedly passed away from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 41. It is highly speculated that the hemorrhage was caused by years and years of trauma and stress.
With these events, Michelle decided to do something to lessen the impact on kids in our current foster care system. Along with her husband, Gordon, they formed Giving Kids Hope Foundation in 2017. Michelle continues to work daily with fosters kids living in group homes as well as local county DSS and foster families.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain