Jen Lilley Launches Summer Initiative to Support Children in Foster Care

The Hallmark actress Jen Lilley partnered with home décor company Balsam Hill to launch a summer initiative to raise funds for essential school supplies for thousands of children in foster care. The project, called “Camp Christmas in July,” launched on June 15.

In a recent post on Instagram, Lilley shared that she and her team at her organization “Christmas is Not Cancelled” hope to collect more than 2,000 backpacks full of school supplies for children in foster care.

She said, “We have way too much fun at @christmasisnotcancelled raising money for children in need with our powerhouse community of world-changers,” Lilley wrote on Instagram. “And this summer, we’re back again to raise 2022 backpacks full of school supplies for children in foster care,” she continued. “Camp Christmas in July (featuring hilarious game nights and virtual get-togethers with your favourite celebrities) registration opens June 15.”

Lilley and her husband Jason Wayne are foster parents and have three adopted children, Kayden, 5; Jeffrey, 3; and Julie, who is almost 3. They also recently welcomed their first biological child, Jacqueline “Jackie” Grace, on May 12.

The 38-year-old actress shared that the name Jackie means “God will protect her,” and Grace means “God will empower her.” “This was a surprise pregnancy during new COVID variants and ramp-ups,” Lilley noted. “I hadn’t taken any prenatal vitamins, I was under a lot of stress, and with my history of miscarriages, I had to trust that God would indeed protect and empower her through the pregnancy, and that was absolutely true for the insane delivery!”


Jen Lilley who starred in the movie “The Book of Esther” is also a singer. In the summer of 2014, Lilley travelled to Georgia, where she hosted and sang in a benefit concert with SOWEGA Art Performance to raise funds for ONEless Ministries. A ministry passionate about helping children around the world find their forever homes with loving, Christ-centered families.

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