Rating: 5 stars 9 9 reviews
Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services
PO Box 2234 California City CA 93504 USA
For a moment, imagine stepping into the shoes of a foster child. You have just been taken from your home, your family, your friends, and everything you know. A stranger puts you in a car headed for an unknown place filled with unfamiliar people and things. Leaving everything behind, you are left with absolutely nothing. No warm hugs or teddy bears to take comfort in, no clean clothes to change into, and often times, not even a toothbrush - just the clothes on your back. You could be waiting for hours at a local police station or social worker's office before being moved by another stranger into another unfamiliar office or even a temporary foster home. At this time, you are terrified by your fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of your future. You have no books to read or a journal to write in to distract yourself from your scared thoughts or the pitying faces and whispers of the strangers that surround you. Now, imagine experiencing such intense fear, solitude, distress, and sadness when you are ONLY 4 years old. Experiences like these are not just stories. Experiences like these are real children facing incredibly confusing and terrifyingly real circumstances. Experiences like these are the reasons that Bags4kids was founded - to provide some form of comfort to the scared and distressed children left with nothing after being removed from their homes and families. Since its founding in 2002, Bags4kids has distributed over 27,000 bags to children, all filled with age/gender-appropriate items designed to comfort and entertain. Examples of these items are personal hygiene items, books to read or color, crayons, stuffed animals, school supplies, clothes, shoes, games, and blankets. These comfort bags are a blessing and allow for these children to have their own familiar belongings upon arrival at their new home.
comfort an abused, neglected or abandon child.
Direct beneficiaries per year:
69 agencies and 400 disadvantaged families
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We fill over 2,000 backpacks and diaper bags a year. These are called "comfort bags' and they are given (FREE) to police stations, social workers, schools, foster care agencies and shelters.
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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.
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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.