BAGS4KIDS FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 2234 California City CA 93504 USA

Mission:

The Bags4kids foundation supports the well being of foster care children with emphasis on keeping their dignity, compassion, knowing someone cares, and having a bag to keep their worldly possessions in. The foundation assist and supports the mental well being and comfort of the children during their stressful transition from home to police station, Children’s Service offices, foster care agencies and shelters. We collect donations in the form of new or used bags and fill them with various items that will bring comfort to children in this transitional time of their lives. Any monetary donations will be used to purchase the items needed to fill the bags i.e. toiletries (sample size), small toys, writing materials, Bibles, books and other items that can help pass the time spent at police stations or Children''s Service offices.


Programs: We fill over 1,000 backpacks and diaper bags a year. Our goal is to fill 1,500 per year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bags4Kids is a wonderful organization committed to providing Comfort Bags to children who have been displaced due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. We are honored to support them through our Cars 4 Causes Vehicle Donation Program. It is our sincere pleasure to help Bags 4 Kids in their efforts to offer comfort to these children during a stressful time in their lives. Keep up the good work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bags4kids is a life saver for the many young children going to a foster home with basically nothing, by giving the kids right off, a backpack filled with many personal and school items. Lets the kids know someone out there cares. I support Bags4kids by working with local retail stores to obtain backpacks and many of the items LaJuana needs to fill them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lajuana is one sweet, very kind woman, with a heart of gold. She has given tons of stuff to lots of children who are less fortunate. She has even given stuff for my kids like diapers, clothing, and toys. She has also given me clothing as well. She has put so many smiles on the faces of young children who were sad, and didnt have anything. Lajuana's foundation is a special one, don't see to many willing to help the way she does. Bags4Kids is the most wonderful non-profit organization i have seen in person.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lajuana is an Angel ! she brightens the lives of soooooo many children who otherwise wouldnt have the things they need without her...she is planting good memories to the children that need them most...it takes a special person to reach out to these kids..........LaJuana is that special person....Bravo to Bags4Kids for making a sad child smile.....my hat is off to her.....the world could use more selfless people just like her

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one organization that i absolutely love donating to and I ask others to donate to them also. The wonderful gal that runs it is very friendly and works her heart out. You can tell by everything she does that she puts her heart and soul in the Bags4Kids organization and reaches out to help all the peole she possibly can.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

BAGS4KIDS is one of the few charities that REALLY cares .... the founder has a heart of gold and treats the clients as if they were her own. It ALWAYS warms my heart to see all the heart felt thank yous on my facebook newsfeed.... I don't know many who would take this mission so personally...its just what she does...no matter what time of day or night -- if there is a child in need..Bags4Kids will find a way to put a smile on their face. THANK YOU BAGS4KIDS!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bags for Kids is a great non profit, what they do for foster kids is a life saver. The give a bag to foster kids, with so many great items such as photo albums, toys, health and beauty items. It gives the foster kids something to take to their new home that is theirs. Thank you Bags for Hids, you are an inspiration to all of us.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started bags4kids 8 years ago after seeing too many foster children coming into the system with only the few clothes they were wearing. I gathered 11 bags and filled them with items I thought might comfort a child, items too keep them busy if they were sitting at a police station for hours at a time, hygiene items and books and toys to call their own when they reached their new home. Since then-we have given out over 8,000 bags and hope to fill 8,000 more. Our bags are also given for "rewards" and for a foster child's birthday should the bio families not bring a present when they come for their visit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By hearing stories of the children who recieve the bags. These stories bring tears to my eyes. The things we take for granted such as having a toothbrush & toothpaste is something these kids love. 5 kids had to sleep in a police station one night. They loved the dolls, the toys, the books, but what they loved the most was brushing their teeth & washing their face and hair in the sink. The officer heard them laughing all the way down the hall.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help them more. Beg people to donate. Beg Companies to send them items they are always running out of. They work hard. They work everyday for free. Noone gets paid......they just do this for the children.

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