PORTLAND -- A popular Portland Zumba teacher is using his moves to make money for foster kids.
“I know what it’s like,” said Tobias Naddy, “I grew up in two different foster homes as I went back and forth from my mom’s. You get a lonely feeling as a foster kid because you have to learn to be more independent than other people.”
Through teaching Zumba for Portland Parks and Rec, Tobias has found a place where he belongs.
“There’s a real sense of community,” he remarked.
He’s also found support in a group called Oregon Foster Youth Connection.
It unites kids and young adults who know what it’s like to go from home to home.
“I have a family now, it’s all the foster youth I know,” explained Tobias.
Since the organization has helped him so much, he’s planning a Zumba dance party on Saturday, May 17th as a fundraiser.
“We need money for toys, books teddy bears and toiletries,” he said.
The group intends to give out duffle bags to foster kids in transition.
“These kids use trash bags to bring their belongings from place to place, and we don’t want them to feel like trash,” commented Dee Dee Hartley from the Oregon Youth Foster Connection.
The $10 dance party on May 17 is from 4 - 6 p.m. at Dishman Community Center.
Tobias will lead the class and his students know it will be a fun event.
“He’s such a great dancer,” said student Dave Lively. “He takes me back to the ‘70s with his Michael Jackson moves!”