Local foster children to benefit from Pride Stores’ donation

Pride has 32 stores in western Massachusetts and Connecticut

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – For the 16th consecutive year the owner of the Pride service stations has raised money through his customers to help Foster children.

Robert Bolduc donated $15,000 to the Center for Human Development’s program called Maryanne’s kids for Christmas gifts.

Bolduc told 22News, this supplements the meager resources available to Foster children. “Very often foster children can’t go to the prom because they can afford a dress of whatever or they can’t get a driver’s license. They’re old enough but they don’t have the money to pay the fee for the registry.”

Bolduc told 22news the money the state allocates to foster parents is hardly enough to cover even the most basic needs for the children.