February 12, 2020
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Why Allstate agent Ralph Rios helps foster children

Ralph Rios knows the power a simple backpack can have. Rios, an Allstate agent based in Virginia Beach, dedicates his time to helping foster kids thrive.

Rios works with his wife Joy to run Connect With a Wish. The nonprofit helps provide foster kids with comfort items that ease their transitions into new homes. The family first became involved in the foster system when they adopted their oldest daughter nearly two decades ago.

“We decided we should do something to give back to the children in foster care,” said Rios.

After surveying children who had been through the foster system about what would make their transition easier, the nonprofit began providing those key comfort items to the children who needed them—from backpacks to beds.

“I look forward to doing our best to try to help someone,” said Rios.

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