In Loving Memory of Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane 2000-2011

About Us

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Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

 

At  Blair’s Foster Socks we do more than hand out socks for kids. Our  mission is to provide  hope and comfort to children living in distressed situations through a simple, but effective means; clean, fun socks and scholarships in our community and beyond! When you donate a simple pair of  fun socks for a child to call their own, the child is reassured that  tomorrow will be a better day.


Blair’s  Foster Socks began as a notion in a child’s imagination. As a very  young child, Blair witnessed her mother, Michele Shanahan DeMoss, care  for foster children in her home. Michele remembers Blair always  commented that children arrived at their temporary foster home without  socks on their feet. The memory troubled Blair.

 

Michele Shanahan DeMoss is Blair’s mother and President of our non-profit organization, Blair’s Foster Socks. Michele has become a seasoned public speaker who has appeared on national television and at events throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond. Michele encourages you to invite her to your school, church, charity event, or many other occasions. She would love to share her experiences in running a non-profit organization, supporting children in distressed situations, or the need for organ donation, and much more. 

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Our History

Our Mission

Our Mission

 At age 11, Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane had a plan to change the world. Starting in the Kansas City area, she envisioned a non-profit organization that would provide hope, comfort, support, socks, and other necessities to children in distressed situations. Her vision grew from a desire to fulfill real-life needs that she witnessed firsthand every time a foster child entered her home. Blair noticed that they usually had stuffed animals — but not the simple essentials, like a clean pair of socks. That’s when she decided to launch Blair’s Foster Socks.

Then on July 4, 2011 everything changed.

The day began as any Independence Day celebration but ended in unspeakable tragedy. Blair was celebrating the holiday with family and friends as she had since age two, but suddenly collapsed when four revelers nearby discharged a firearm and a bullet fatally struck Blair.  

To keep her light and legacy alive, Blair’s Foster Socks became a reality. 

In addition to fulfilling Blair’s dream of creating Blair’s Foster Socks, through her loss Michele became a strong advocate of organ donation. Although they never discussed organ donation prior to her death, Michele knew Blair would not have hesitated to give the Gift of Life to others by donating her organs. Through Blair’s selfless sacrifice and donation of six organs, Michele came to understand firsthand the life-saving power of organ donation and remains a strong advocate to this day. 

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Today

Our Mission

Today

 Today, Blair's Foster Socks continues to grow and impact the lives of countless children  in the Kansas City Metro area. Michele continues to spread the word about  Blair’s mission and memory. Her story, donating 6 organs giving the Gift Of Life to 5 people, the power of organ donation. Michele is also a voice for the dangers of negligent firearm discharge. 


We invite you to be apart of Blair's mission by exploring our website and learning how you can contribute time, talents, or treasures.

All charitable donations made to Blair's Foster Socks make the life of a child that much better, simply because they will now have a pair of socks to call their own. Blair's Foster Socks holds a few charity events throughout the year. We provide people with the opportunity to volunteer their time, donate or contribute financially. Blair's Foster Socks is always looking to acquire new sponsorships to help package socks and for our annual memorial Golf Classic. 

Support Our Mission

 All charitable donations made to Blair's Foster Socks make the life of a child that much better, simply because they will now have a pair of socks to call their own. 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Volunteer

Previous Event: Big Hat Event

More Ways to Help

 We cherish our volunteers for our benefit events throughout the year. Our volunteers are irreplaceable to BFS and to foster children everywhere. Get in touch today to begin your volunteer journey! 

More Ways to Help

Previous Event: Big Hat Event

More Ways to Help

Host a sock drive with your community and/or business! Contact us for a BFS collection bin. We love celebrating the support of our community, through Sock Drives, by posting them on our social media! 


Previous Event: Big Hat Event

Previous Event: Big Hat Event

Previous Event: Big Hat Event

 At the Big Hat Event, women from around the Kansas City community come together with one purpose:

raise funds for scholarships supporting children in need.

Annual Memorial Golf Classic

10th Annual Memorial Golf Classic

Join us for our biggest fundraising event of the year! Come as a foursome, onesome, or dinner & silent auction guest! We'd love to meet you and make some memories!

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