ABOUT DASHAWN PATRICK
CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
Charlotte's Tool Box is a short-film about how permanence and stability can change destiny, one child at a time.
"Who cares? Somebody has to care!"
Ola Mae
BASED ON A MILLION TRUE STORIES
CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
ABOUT CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
A SHORT FILM
DASHAWN PATRICK
FICTION/NON-FICTION AUTHOR
DASHAWN PATRICK
AUTHOR
WHY I WROTE CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
I wrote Charlotte's Tool Box after speaking at foster care conferences around the country.  In every region there were common
themes among the young people I spoke with.

  • With constantly shifting social circles, young people felt nobody knew them: their dreams, goals, talents, favorite foods, fondest
    memories, all the things that make a child feel "known" or "familiar".

  • They wished someone would have taken time to fuel their interests and help develop their talents.  With lives so temporary: new
    schools, new homes, new rules, and the constantly feeling unfamiliar to their surroundings, how will these children develop
    meaningful connections with people who provide encouragement, stability, and structure to reach their goals?

  • Lastly, over the years, they'd lost all mementos from life with their family or from their childhood.  Many of the older children in
    foster care had zero family photos or keepsakes, and had lost most of their personal belonging throughout the years.

How can we expect children to thrive when they've had no longstanding relationships with people who know them on a close,
intimate level. I decided to film a short movie, based on a million true stories, that shows, given the right ingredient of love, stability,
and structure, children are capable of achieving their dreams.
SYNOPSIS - CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
Charlotte's life is disrupted at age seven when she is sent to Seattle to live with her grandpa Charlie, a widowed Korean War veteran.
Grandpa Charlie and Charlotte have always had a loving relationship, so his new role as her legal guardian is a pleasant change to
Charlotte's unpredictable life. When Charlotte asks Grandpa Charlie what happened to her mother and father, and why she is living
with him, he explains the story of her parents, but gives her a beautiful doll to comfort her spirits. Charlotte loves the doll, but tucked
deep into Grandpa Charlie's storage closet is an old, rusted, red tool box.  Years ago, that red tool box was filled with tools used by
Grandpa Charlie to repair the broken things around the house.  It had been years since that tool box was opened, but for the next
year, Charlotte and Grandpa Charlie use the tattered tool box for their adventures at the beach, so tool box houses the beautiful
memories she shared with her grandfather.  After Grandpa Charlie's death, Charlotte must maneuver the world without the love and
support she'd received from her grandfather. Her only remaining ties to her grandfather are the doll and the rusty, red toolbox.

Charlotte is now 18 and set to age-out of foster care. She has lost many possessions throughout the years, as she's moved from
home to home, but has held on to the rusty, red tool box.