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Former foster youth pays it forward
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Former foster youth Kevin Walls (center) presents a check to Dan Mills and Joy Biddle of Creative Alternatives. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

Kevin Walls had a rough start to life. After being abandoned by his mother in a Turlock park at the age of 3, he spent the next five years in a group home. It wasn't until he was 8 years old that he found a loving home with foster parents Don and Winnie Phillips.

The Phillips nurtured Walls,  and saw him graduate from Hughson High School. As an adult, Walls returned to his foster home to repay some of the kindness he was shown  by being a full-time caregiver for Winnie Phillips.

Now, Walls is hoping to honor his foster parents by giving back. On Wednesday, he delivered a check for $2,000 to Creative Alternatives. The donation will go to the Grace Bishop Scholarship Fund and financial support emancipating foster youth.

"Being a foster kid isn't easy, you go through ups and downs in life," Walls said about why he chose to support the Grace Bishop Scholarship Fund.