Rating: 5 stars 8 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: PO Box 2234 California City CA 93504 USA
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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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.
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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.