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Day 1 Bags

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Foster Care

Mission: Provide every foster youth the best bag they could ever have... and not to carry their belongings in a trash bag. These are the highest quality bag anyone could ever have... in fact, I have one myself. Let's improve their journey during this traumatic time.

Results: 35000 bags, backpacks, document bags to 15 states.

Target demographics: foster youth and former foster youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 35,000 fooster youth

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: the highest quality new vital document bags, backpacks, small and large duffel bags

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags is providing high-quality bags for children experiencing foster care, and doing an incredible job! Their products are military grade, meant for a lifetime, and are sleek and unassuming in design. We share the belief that children in care deserve the best - not the bargain basement version of their needs. Day 1 Bags is making sure that they have the very best bags. Hunter is responsive and passionate about his work, and it shows in the daily operations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was in foster care, I’d receive presents from a local charity. The workers would ask, what is on your Christmas wishlist? I answered “to go back home to my mom.” That never happened.

The grief and pain of never being reunified with my mom still lingers on. However, my new bag offers me connection, hope and dignity.

Here is the truth about the meaning behind my bag:
-sometimes going to unfamiliar places throughout the day, my bag is where I can take a piece of home with me wherever I go.
-It makes me feel like I am prepared for anything.
-It's also very special to me because it’s new, great quality and dependable.
-I guess you could say my bag is like my best friend :) It hangs out with me all day long.
-I cannot survive without it
- you never know when you just need whatever random thing might be in your bag
-My bag is my life... Without it I feel naked

Thank you Day 1 Bags. Life is better with my new bag - I feel connected.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags went above and beyond to include the children of New Horizons in their mission!

We were gifted 100 high-quality backpacks for our foster children and children in residential treatment to enjoy! The kids are very excited to have something of their own to take with them on whatever journey they are headed toward!

Thank you, Day 1 Bags, for being sensitive to the needs of children in our care!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow- what a difference Day 1 Bags has made in the State of Texas. I am the President for Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards and have seen the difference Day 1 Bags has made in the lives of hundreds of Foster Children in the State. Not only have they provided quality bags for children who have been removed from Abuse and Neglect situations at very reduced prices, they have actually donated hundreds of bags to Local Child Welfare Boards across the State. Texas has 190 active counties with Child Welfare Boards that take care of thousands of children. Ten percent of all the children in the USA reside in Texas. Day 1 Bags have made a positive impact on these children over the past 4 years. Hunter Beaton, it's creator has even been awarded the "Champion for Texas Children Award" in 2018 for the work he has done for Texas Children.

1 James Michael F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that helps foster children. I love Hunter's passion for these children and his commitment to make a difference in the lives of foster children in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love my bag! Best bag I ever had. It held everything I ever needed to move from shelter to shelter.

Tony A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags provides dignity to an overlooked population and has forged ties all across the US. Hunter Beaton, CEO has a heart of gold and works non stop to ensure the impact of the organization is felt throughout the US. Personally hearing testimonies from those in care has encouraged me to ask myself - "What more can I do" - Thank you DAY 1 Bags for not just being a hometown hero but an American Hero as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work often with service efforts for Day 1 Bags. Each time, I always know we have made a big difference in a foster youth's life. The bags are fantastic and durable. I even have one myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Treating me with dignity makes me feel normal. Day 1 Bags has done that for me.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Day 1 bags is an amazing Non-profit organization who care about every child who gets a bag and love to see the smile on children face. I feel like day 1 bags changes children lives one bag at a time . Just amazing people and organization

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Client Served

Rating: 5


I am a student at Texas A&M - San Antonio in my junior year. My freshman year of college was a pretty stressful time (pre-COVID) as I balanced school and finding a job that fit my class schedule. Then in a subtle way, your non-profit came my way.
I was invited to a Thanksgiving meal and $25 gift card courtesy of Day 1 Bags supporters when I was very lonely.
I received a holiday gift of a duffel bag, new jeans, underwear and toiletries around Christmas. I used that card to give a gift to someone else who needed it.
I received another care package around Valentine’s Day (marked #LoveDelivered), which was the perfect time because I really needed a pick me up. There were some chocolates, which I shared with my roommate; fuzzy socks, which kept me warm during that last winter, an awesome Day 1 Backpack, which replaced my old one I had since high school and would not zip up completely and a few other knick-knacks I placed on my desk.
Then with no holiday associated, I requested from my advisor the need for a dining room. Within days, I received it from them courtesy of a Day 1 Bag fundraiser.

Earlier this year, I never took the time to consider where all of these cool gifts came from. Not only were they cool because they helped me stay warm and gave me and my roommate something to snack on, but these items meant a lot to me because of the fact that people took time out of their day to send me a gift. They weren’t forced to create this care package, and they didn’t get any special recognition as the sender was anonymous.


All of these gifts have not only proven to be useful, but have given me a daily reminder of what it is truly like to give to someone less fortunate.

I was once one of those little kids who barely got anything - EVER.

One notecard that was sent from an anonymous donor, I still have on my refrigerator: “One day, I decided to help wherever I could and it was almost like magic because I was exactly what the world needed everywhere I went.”

I never understood that message but now that I do, I feel the urge to take on more community service efforts through Day 1 Bags. I needed it and your supporters were there to help me along the way.

Thank you so much and stay well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags is very transparent and always attentive to every donation I have made. I am now a monthly donor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The best bag ever. I always wanted to feel confident with my items. This is by far the best bag I have ever had.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed receiving my Day 1 Bag. The bags are the best quality and I am proud to use it. Better than a trash bag for luggage!