Collect Suitcases for Foster Care Children
Foster care children have few personal belongings. These foster kids usually own a couple outfits, some precious photographs, and a toy or two. When they move between families, foster care kids are often forced to carry these keepsakes in plastic trash bags or grocery sacks slung awkwardly over their small shoulders. Carrying their effects in a trash bag can be embarrassing and yet another reminder of how little these foster care children have in this world.
Hauling unsightly bags to a new "home" isn't a one time occurrence. The majority of children in foster care move from family to family, never knowing where they'll end up. Most move between foster care families two or more times during their stay in the system. Others are not so lucky. In California, for example, one in ten foster care children move five or more times every single year. New foster care parents are likely to find a scared and defensive child at their doorstep, uncomfortably holding a trash bag that carries everything he considers dear.
Foster care children deserve to carry their belongings with dignity and self-confidence. You can help by starting a local suitcase collection drive to benefit the foster care kids in your area. The suitcases you collect will give these troubled children a glimmer of hope during a difficult time in their lives.
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Most people have an extra piece of luggage taking up space in an attic or closet. With just a few hours work, you can collect their unwanted suitcases and help make life a little brighter for children in the foster care system.
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