Adventure Bags is an amazing organization serving children in need throughout the state of Georgia. Children deserve to have great childhoods but unfortunately this is not always the case. I'm proud to be apart of this mission to serve children fleeing abuse.
One day I was ridding down the road absentmindedly and noticed a sticker on the back of a green SUV that said AdventureBags.org, when I got home I looked it up. What I found was an amazing local non-profit that I knew I wanted to be a part of. I picked up the phone and called and said how do I get involved. The voice on the other end of the phone was one amazing lady actually the one and only amazing Debbie Gori. She sold me into volunteering with the first phone call. When I got there she welcomed me and showed me around over the next few years I volunteered there every week, thinking of all of the children this organization was helping on a daily basis.
Adventure bags gives hope to people who need just a little extra hope, when their worlds are turned upside down. It gives hope to a child who has nothing, comfort and love to someone who may just be feeling the loneliest they have ever felt.
Every Bag Packed at Adventure Bags is stuffed with love, each volunteer who packs a bag packs it from their heart with love... from picking a book, a blanket, an active and a stuffed animal with care, along with essentials to make sure the person receiving it will feel that they are loved.
I have loved being a part of this organization for many years, have brought others to volunteer and encourage many to volunteer there still today.
I came to work with this group years ago when I met Ms. Debbie at a Chamber meeting. I built their website and have done everything I could to help bring awareness to the wonderful things AB does. I am not nearly as involved now as I once was but I hope everyone knows that I am still here to help where and when I am able.
I met Debbie at a Network with Barrow meeting. Over the years, I have built their new website and helped in any way I could. Debbie is so amazing though as she allows my special needs daughter and her caregiver to come in and help out once a week. You might think, "so what? She always needs volunteers." While this is true, you have to understand my daughter. She is 23 years old, developementally 6 and VERY MOODY! She loves to help others but only when it suites her and can get very defiant. Debbie treats her like any other kid and they just move past the moment and get things done! Most people would say they didn't want my daughter to come back but Debbie understands how important it is she have things to do and makes sure has just that! Thanks Debbie for not just helping thousands of kids you don't even know, but those you do know too!
My children and I have volunteered with Adventure Bags several times - both at large community fundraisers and also behind the scenes packing up back packs. I think this organization is truly wonderful in what they do for children. I can't imagine what it must be like for these children to go through such an ordeal as being placed in foster care. My hope is that if even one item in one of those bags can bring a child comfort, peace, a smile, etc...than it is worth every second. I feel like these bags provide comfort to the child but also help out the fostering family - providing something they may not have had on hand, or saving a trip to the store until things have calmed down a bit. We will continue to look for ways to volunteer and donate to the amazing people and the amazing cause of this organization.
I have seen how special these bags mean to kids through my wife and it is spectacular. Such a simple gesture goes a long way with these kids
Adventure bags does so much for children. I am so proud to have them in our community always giving back, always willing to help when needed. Not only do they give back to the children they also make care packages for the elders. I can say enough about this charity.
They do so much to help children such big hearts. Can't wait to see what the future holds for them.
This organization is amazing. They make it so easy to get involved and help with their mission. We can go and volunteer to pack bags or just pick up supplies when we are out and about. We know that no matter how small the gesture, it makes a difference to the bag's recipient. What a wonderful organization to teach kids about giving back to their community.
I donate and volunteer with AB when I can! It’s a great feeling to know that the bags AB provides to kids may bring a smile in not so happy situations!
Anyone associated with Adventure Bags are ALWAYS so very THANKFUL for even the smallest donation that they receive! Every item helps them to help put a smile on a kids face, who may not have had a reason to smile recently!
I heard about this nonprofit from one of the board members.
Within the last five years I had just been a passenger on a motorcycle for the annual benefit rides. My kids and I also joined the Christmas parade with them and also a couple weekends ago my husband and I helped out at their chicken bbq. Just recently, my family has bought and donated bookbags, donated books while enlisting help of friends. This past weekend was our first time actually volunteering. I took my kids to show them what it is all about and to teach them what giving back to the community is like.
My husband and I are part of the Descendants, and we do a lot of things with AB. My husband was blessed to be part of Debbie's last motorcycle ride before she passed. He was also apart in her final ride to her resting place.
One of the best nonprofits to be a small part of. I hope to try to get more involved in making a difference in these children's lives.
When I met the Founder, Debbie Gori 8 years ago & heard of this organization, I knew I had to be involved. Having been a foster family who's children arrived with a garbage bag, I understood the need. Debbie put me on the board but I stepped away a while back due to my health issues. I continue to be involved by bringing donations & sharing information about this amazing organization.
A great organization that does so much for kids who are in tough situations. During the pandemic, they stepped up to bless seniors and others hurting too. An organization that’s doing great work!! ❤️
This is an amazing non-profit. My sister started this organization over 10 years ago and my late mother took over shortly thereafter. Serving most of Georgia's Counties this organization provides a book bag of essential items to a child in crisis. The bags not only are tailored to age group and gender, the volunteers write a note to personalize the bag as well.
Every year there are several fundraising opportunities including a Bike Ride and other community based events.
I am the leader of several different groups of kids that all need service hours. I found Adventure Bags a few years ago when I was searching for places for my kids to volunteer their time. I met Ms. Debbie and loved her and the mission of Adventure Bags. I have taken several groups to volunteer with them and the experience has always been wonderful. Everyone always says that their favorite service projects are with Adventure Bags. All of the people we have met through Adventure Bags have all been so friendly and we always look forward to volunteering with them.
Fantastic organization and has also helped seniors too; many grandparents are raising grandchildren
Adventure Bags has been such a blessing to so many children and to those DFCS staff who find them sometimes with little to nothing. I’ve watched so many children manage a smile, in a very traumatic moment in their life, when they are given their own book-bag full of their very own hygiene items and other things. I’m so thankful for this organization and the heart of those that work tirelessly to meet the great need for children across the state of Georgia!
Love what they do for the children of Georgia. As a former foster parent I have seen the impact these bags can have on a child.
AMAZING!! Best non profit ever. Helping children every single day.
There mission touched my heart from the moment immediately when I heard how they originated. Hearing the story of kids being taken in to foster care with no items of comfort, with all of their belongings in a trash bag broke my heart. An innocence lost. I have been donating to them for a couple of years now, but just became an active volunteer in the last 3 or 4 months. Through the in-kind donations that I made I knew that all was going to the kids and that was what was extremely important to my husband and I. But truly the last few months has really ignited my passion for the cause. Every one of their volunteers that I met have had a immeasurable passion for the cause. Giving their time to collected items, stuff bags, work community events, work fund raisers. The way the community rally's around this organization has definitely made it a Great Nonprofit.
Great organization, Adventure Bags is a beautiful non profit that helps kids with bags filled with wonderful items they can call their own. It's a blessing to be part of adventure bags.
I've been volunteering at Adventure Bags for about 10 months now. It started, for me, as just a place to drop off some stuffed animals. It has grown into a commitment. To know that this charity is needed is heart wrenching, but unfortunately that is the world we live in today. To be able to bring hope, and joy to a child in a difficult situation brings peace to my heart. I am so blessed that I am able to volunteer with Adventure Bags.
When my family became involved with Adventure Bags, Inc. in 2011, through donating a few stuffed animals, we had no idea that Adventure Bags, Inc. would be come such a huge part of our lives and family.
I am excited and honored to be trusted and chose to assist in leading Adventure Bags, Inc. as you Executive Director. For me, this is an incredible opportunity to continue working for an organization that is dedicated and committed to serving Georgia’s most vulnerable children. This past year has certainly brought challenges to Adventure Bags, Inc., however, with challenges comes the potential to grow, learn, and change for the better.
Over the years, I have had the privilege to work very closely with our previous leader, Debbie, as I have been involved with Adventure Bags, Inc., mostly behind the scenes with fundraising efforts, from the very beginning. I have witnessed firsthand the passion she had for this organization and the children that we serve. Through our working together, she recognized that she and I shared this same passion, hence why it was by her request that I assume a leadership role within this organizations.
It has been through my family’s fostering journey, I have had the privilege to witness firsthand the impact our bags have on the children entering foster care. My passion for children, and children in foster care specifically, is what drives me in assisting in making the impact we have across Georgia even better. As we continue to rebuild and restructure, I am eager to apply my many personal and professional experiences gained over the 15 years as a foster parent, team leader, advocate, and individual toward the new AB 2.0 vision. As we grow and acclimate to an ever-changing world, we will continue to strive towards organizational sustainability, adaptability, and perseverance.
My motivation and hopes are that in years to come children across Georgia will not only feel loved through the bags they receive, but that as a an organization and a community, we can continue to work to instill values and fuel the passion in future generations so they can and will have the same opportunities to create rich and meaningful experiences through helping others and making a difference.
Misty Manus, Executive Director
Adventure Bags, Inc
Phone: (678) 425-0316
Facebook: Adventure Bags
I found Adventure Bags when looking for a way to serve children in crisis in Georgia. Once I found out about how this non-profit is totally supported by donations and volunteers (no one is salaried), I immediately went to work finding bargains and donors. Now my church, a ladies' group, friends on line and even in other states are sending items or cash donations. Adventure Bags has been a blessing to thousands of children, through various counties and first responders. The filled backpacks are free to be distributed by those who place children in foster care, etc. We want more people and organizations to know of this wonderful service.
This is an agency close to my heart and Debbie Gori Legacy will continue to serve the thousands of children in need! Today marks over 33,000 children served since 2011! Misty Manus, Executive Director, vision is one that is just as strong as Debbie Gori’s!
This organization is run entirely on donations. No one is paid and the only way it continues is through donations and all the hard work of the volunteers! This is a true nonprofit and their goal is simple helping kids feel secure and they do just that! I have seen first hand the impact these Bags have on children in need. It is something so small but yet so needed and appreciated. Something to call your own when all you own is gone. Wonderful organization!
As a foster parent, I've seen first hand what these bags do for the children that come into foster care. I've seen a 9 yr old little boys world turned up side down, but for a moment when given an Adventure Bag, he has something that's his and no one can take it. Being removed from their home with little or no personal belongings is something children shouldn't have to do, but sometimes it's necessary. These bags offer thrm a sense of security. Thank you Adventure Bags, Inc for all that you do.
I'm a 12 year old girl who loves helping Adventure Bags with my mom. I love being able to help kids in crisis. I never know if I might need an adventure bag someday so I love to help out in every way I possibly can.
Adventure Bags is such an amazing organization! From the first moment I stepped onto the AB house to volunteer, I fell in love. Working in the school system, I knew there are children in need, but never the demand was so high. It's heartbreaking! However, with the help of Adventure Bags, we can help add a smile to their face and give them something to call their own. It also provides people in the community, especially children, the opportunity to come volunteer and bag bags. Together we are making a difference!
I ride in the Adventure bags motorcycle ride every year. Its the one ride I never miss. I was once a social worker for Child Protective Services and I have been there when a child is uprooted from the only environment they have ever known. This non-profit was not around when I was doing the job,but here's the thing, the situation is already difficult enough. It's stressful on the child, the workers, and the parents. Remembering to get toothbrushes and teddy bears is the last thing on anyone's mind in that situation and even if you do remember, there is no guarantee that all parties will be cooperative. I've heard parents go as far as to say things like, "If the 'State' wants him, then they need to buy his clothes," and refuse to allow the child to take anything with him when he is placed in Foster Care. So I think what adventure bags does is awesome. Just the fact that the child gets a book-bag and a toothbrush can be a really big deal in some situations.
As a community advocate, I see kids in crisis everyday in multiple counties throughout the state of Georgia. Often these kids leave home and never return for various reasons, the bags provide a sense of belonging as they truly are truly beginning of a new adventure.
Adventure Bags is one of the best non profits in the state of Georgia. They make a difference in every county they serve by helping children in need. Great organization!
I started helping in 2012. and I think it is great what adventure bags does to help kids who are taken out of their home by fire or by the department on children services or anything else. I just want to keep volunteering because I know I am helping kids
Adventure Bags is a fantastic organization that provides hope to children in transition. Debbie and the entire staff gives all they have in the form of time, money and love. I am truly impressed and grateful that I have had the opportunity to talk with Debbie.
I work at a Domestic Violence shelter in north GA. I use these bags to put a smile on the kids faces when they have to come into shelter. Without them a lot of my shelter kids would be very unhappy. It gives the kids a feeling of comfort to have something that is there's when they come into shelter.
Adventure Bags is an awesome organization that serves children in our local communities by providing them with something to call their own when they've lost everything else. Having 3 children of my own I understand how transition can be difficult for children. I also know how attached they become to certain items (security blankets and such). Adventure Bags provides children with a brand new book bag filled with toiletry items, school items, and things for fun. Most importantly each child receives their own stuffed animal. This simple bag serves as a token of love from community partners that we care for each and every child.
Adventure Bags is an organization that seeks to meet a great need in a child's life! When a child has a need for necessities and they are many times placed in an awkward position the bag can be a comfort. The hands and hearts of Debbie, her family and the volunteers that make this work possible touch the lives of children in North Georgia in a special way. This is an awesome opportunity for our community to sow a seed in a child's life.
I volunteer for Adventure Bags with my mom. It is a great opportunity for me to give back in a way that could have impacted my own life as a foster child. I choose to volunteer because I know that value of what's being done here.
Adventure Bags is an incredible organization... it's totally donation funded, and no one gets paid. I met Debbie, the president of AB about a year ago...at a Barrow Co. Chamber of Commerce networking meeting. I have watched her talk about the "why" behind her purpose week after week. Her passion for the cause is catching...I started out giving donations and volunteering, now I'm a board member. She has touched countless numbers of people with her simple goal of giving kids in crisis something to call their own. Sadly, the need for this service continues to grow.
Amazing organization for a fantastic cause. What a wonderful idea...giving book bags full of necessities to children in foster care. The people behind this organization have the biggest hearts and are fulfilling a great need in these kids lives.
Most amazing hands on charity my family had worked with. A blessing to our community
Adventure Bags has been a very important part of my life and of my son's life over the past 2 years. We first encountered Adventure Bags as a church project. My son had recently come from foster care so the topic was one he could relate to. When we volunteered, we felt comfortable and needed. Even my son felt his work and input was valued. This is one of the only charities we have worked for that wanted our time and affordable donations more than our money. Since that first day, we have been back several times. The leaders are so kind and passionate. I know my son will always have a place in his heart for Adventure Bags just as I do. The project means even more to me having his perspective. He says he wishes he had something like it. The leaders are even in tune to his ideas. I know the ambitions of Adventure Bags serves a real purpose. I also know the hard work put in by the leaders on a daily basis.
I just recently became a board member of adventure Bags. Prior to this I was a volunteer. I believe fully in what Adventure bags is doing. When A child has to leave her or his home they are given a book bag with everything they need to clean themselves from the head to the toes, and they are given a personal related to their age. If you were taken from your home with nothing, just think what it would mean to you to get this book bag. I think it is wonderful and I support Adventure Bags, which is why I accepted a position on the Board.
This is coming from someone that has been there, I was 13, took to a foster home with nothing of mine. No familiar surrounding but a strange man and women telling me all will be ok, and not to worry. ( easy for them to say. ) Wen I met Debbie with adventure bags, I wish I knew of them years ago, as a child besides my mother passing away,, that was the worst feelling I ever had.. thats why I fully support this awesome cause, and im proud to be part of them. I feel like we make a difference in a childs life as far as there spirit and soul in a trying time when they look around and see nothing that they once had, but now thanks to Adventure Bags they cann start stability.
Adventure Bags has been such a great program to the foster families of Jackson County. The foster parents depend on the items in the bags especially when the children come to the foster families with nothing, but the Adventure Bag. Any child who is being removed from their birth family is scared, frightened and nervous and these bags do help momentarily with that. The child is able to have their own bag and a small toy, which makes a world of difference to a child who is going to a foster family whom they have never seen before. Jackson County DFCS also depends on Adventure Bags and the support they offer to the foster families of Jackson County. They are an excellent program that I strongly encourage everyone to particiapte in.
I was introduced to Adventure Bags when my son was trying to earn some community service hours for his orthodontist treatment. The founder, Debbie Gori, was so personal. She made our time seem more like a fun outing and like we were hanging out with family. The kids really enjoyed preparing the bags and gained a sense of how special and significant the backpack items would be for the child who received one in a time of need. We look forward to helping with Adventure Bags in the future!
Adventure Bags is a number one priority with my time and effort of growing. The purpose is to help children in distress of daily hygiene and mental stability. Adventure Bags gives children going into Foster Care a book bag full of instruments such as tooth brush, tooth paste, washcloth, crayons, coloring book, such to name a few of the items. This organization is non-profit and strictly donation driven. Hopefully Adventure Bags will receive this grant to reach more of 'our' children in dire need of us.
Debbie and the Adventure Bags team were so wonderful to work with! We scheduled a donation drive here at our preschool and received a great response. They came out on a Saturday and we worked together with parents, teachers, and kids to prepare the bags and decorate cards to include with each bag. We really felt so connected to the project and the children whose lives we would impact. We have all been touched by this amazing group and look forward to making this an annual event at our school!
I started out helping Adventure bags through an event organized by my church and when I found out about their cause, I decided to get more involved. Adventure Bags is a truly amazing charity - they have helped so many children who find themselves in situations where they are taken from the family they are in, without even so much as shoes at times. Adventure bags helps these children by not only providing them with basic necessities, but by also providing them with the fact that someone loves them, someone put thought into the bag they now hold, someone cares and sometimes, just one someone caring can make the world of difference for a child!
This organization is one that has grown from helping a small portion of Georgia's needy children to after little over two years has been able to spread to help children in many crisis situations...this organization truly keeps to the core of their mission and puts the needs of the community children in need at heart..the organizers and volunteers are amazing!