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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: Over 100,000 bags, backpacks, document bags to 33 states.

Target demographics: foster youth and former foster youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 49,000 foster youth

Geographic areas served: United States

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

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags is a wonderful organization run by wonderful people. Their mission is near and dear to my heart and the hearts of our staff at Clarity Child Guidance Center in San Antonio. Because of Day 1 Bags, many of the children that enter our care will be able to go home with a brand new duffel bag filled with appropriate goodies. Not only is Day 1 Bags generous, but they are very personable, professional, hands-on, and efficient in their communication. We look forward to maintaining a relationship with Hunter and Paula and all of the organization for years to come.Nothing, but wonderful things to say :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags has supported our organization's efforts for the past two years to provide filled backpacks to more than 15o children in an underserved community. We could not be happier and more grateful for this partner. Sharing our commitment to improving communities is so important. Thank you Hunter and Day 1 Bags for ALL you do!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Foster the Family US has used Day One bags in 3 of our locations across the country.
The quality and size of the duffle bags is far above what we expected! The ease of ordering, promptness of delivery, and effective communication has made this such a great experience!

When we deliver our Foster Care Packages to children entering foster care, especially the teens, they cannot believe they get to keep the bag. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

Day One Bags is top tier and we cannot wait to order again!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you Day 1 Bags for your generous gift of backpacks and duffel bags! We are thrilled to have your support! Through your donation we have been able to provide backpacks to our children for school and also duffel bags to pack their belongings when they leave. You truly make the difference for our children at St. Peter St. Joseph Children's Home, and we are extremely grateful!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m the Program Director for a Foster Group Home for boys in Beaumont Texas, we received our order of free duffel bags, backpacks, sling packs and/or more from Day 1 Bags and our boys were so excited about their new gear! The quality of the bags were great! I couldn’t be more thankful for Day 1 Bags for helping ensure our boys finally can have something other than a trash bag to keep their things in!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hunter really helped our Foster Care Closet in Omaha, NE by quickly providing duffel bags for youth to use for their clothes! We couldn't be more thankful for this organization! Such a needed service.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags has given generously to the students at SOAR! They offer support in any way they can. The population we serve typically have small support systems and Day 1 Bags puts their money where there mouth is. Not only do they supply our graduates with bags of daily necessities, but they attend graduations, talk to our students, and Hunter was even our Guest Speaker for graduation. Day 1 Bags is an amazing organization and deserve any and all support they can get from our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hunter was amazing. I put out a call for 250 backpacks for the PATH Program with Alamo Colleges, and within the hour, he responded. The backpacks were delivered in a week. This will help the program tremendously as it will help supply students with the necessary tools to begin their college journey. We are excited to work with Hunter Beaton and Day 1 Bags each year and will continue to help and grow with the program.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags is great!!!! They donated 250 bags to the P.A.T.H. Foster Youth Program at the Alamo Colleges District for former foster/adopted youth.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an educator working with underserved youth, it is important to find community partners who can support the work that we do. Day 1 Bags not only supports the work, but provides by generously donating quality backpacks and generous gifts that our students love! Thank you for your partnership, compassion and investing in our students. We are forever grateful!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags was so generous with their support and graduation gifts when my daughter graduated from the SOAR! program at SA Youth! Day 1 Bags support of the youth served by SA Youth is a wonderful example of nonprofits working together to serve the community. We

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags provided backpacks for our Foster Youth College Students starting college and assisted with bags for our dorm/apartment kits! They have been a wonderful resource for our students and they are so grateful and appreciative! Thank you Day 1 Bags for all your do for our communities and our Students!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My personal story as a client served. I know that my essay says it all.

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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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read about Day 1 Bags and the call for quilts on a Facebook page. It was a perfect opportunity to share my love of quilt making with some truly inspirational kids. Quilters are some of the most loving and giving people in the world! And Day 1 Bags brought this together in a way that exceeded all expectations!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I was referred to Day-1-bags by a friend of mine in Jan 2022 because I am a quilter and she knows that I love to help others! What a perfect combination and opportunity for such a great cause to make quilts for graduating seniors for Foster care students. I was so happy I signed up for 2 quilts and then they sent out a call and said they were short so I made 1 more. What a gratifying feeling and heartwarming experience . Keep doing what you are doing Hunter and the volunteers will keep supporting you and this wonderful mission.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My first knowledge of Day1Bags was through a magazine article about Hunter and his 501c3 organization. Being a CASA volunteer, I know the struggles of children in foster care. The story of this non profit warmed my heart.

Fast forward to fall 2021, a Facebook group called Texas quilters had a post from Randall Mitchell asking if any of us would be interested in making 684 Quilts for graduating seniors in foster care. Day1Bags had contacted him about this project and it was up and going in no time!

A great organization and a great cause.
Debbie

1 Kristi S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The class of 2026 Cotillion group had the opportunity to hold a drive to benefit foster graduates. We had already completed two hands on projects, so a drive and ‘get together’ was perfect. We had over 100 students show up and bring multiple tubes of name brand chap sticks. The students counted them up and landed at 413! When I contacted Day 1 Bags they informed me they were actually short 410! God is so good and a little love sure goes a long way. The staff communicated quickly and has many project opportunities to fit the service your organization wants to provide. We love their vision and helping hearts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hunter and the Day 1 Bags team are the most servant hearted people I’ve ever known. I have been so impressed with the growth of the organization in such a short amount of time. They truly make an impact that is transformational for so many.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Amazing people! This is a great example of a great family teaching their children to give back and encouraging them to always help others in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I know we go above and beyond to ensure our fiscal responsibility, donor responses, transparency and outreach is on target for our foster youth population. There is no doubt that a bag does not solve the problem or ease the trauma a child may be going through. However, we know that our bags do provide a sense of dignity and stability. I am so grateful to be on this journey with Day 1 Bags.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

St. Peter's CDA Court #2690 just recently partnered with Day 1 Bags to delivery Valentines made by BISD students, as well as donated candy and fuzzy socks/lap blankets, to the Senior facilities (nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living facilities) in Boerne. What a wonderful project to remember our elderly citizens in this special way. We hope this becomes a yearly project!!
Barbara Vogt, Regent CDA Court #2690

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Donor

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags is a wonderful organization which is led by people who have genuine giving hearts and a love for all these kids. This organization is run so well and the donations are used to make huge differences in these children’s lives. They give dignity to children and teens and I know the impacts Day 1 Bags has made is large and so important. The organization also make such an impact on the general population with the awareness of foster kids and issues they face.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags has given so many children the opportunity to not only gain college scholarships and educational funds but also the dignity to have a place to put their things when moving in between homes in the foster system. This non-profit has grown over such a short of period or time and has shown outstanding potential for both growth and impact in the lives of foster care system children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags has changed the lives of many underserved in our community and it is a gift to see all the youth that have been impacted by their generosity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our foster care shelter needed duffle bags for kids who leave our care. They come with nothing but trash bags sometimes. I reached out to Day 1 Bags, and within days we received a shipment of over 100 bags at our door! Foster kids deserve to leave with luggage, not trash bags and boxes. Thank you for your charity work!

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Thank you Legacy Austin! We appreciate the work you do for others!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags filled the need for every child re serve in out CASA program. We are so thankful for community partners like Day 1 Bags who make sure our kids feel seen, heard and cared for! Your mission is valued and much needed! Keep up the great work!

2 Melody N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 bags has generously donated backpacks to our organization, Spokane Angels, to use in our work with foster families and foster children! We can't wait to be able to provide these as needed for families in our program and waitlist. A brand new backpack can make all the difference in the world for a child who has been through hard times and is one less thing for the caregivers to have to focus on when they receive a new placement. Thanks Day 1!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are so blessed to receive back packs from Day 1 bags. We work with kids who come from abuse and neglect, and for kids to have a nice bag to start there next chapter in there lives is rewarding to them, and they feel as if someone really cares. We could not do this without there help!

2 Joe M.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Day1Bags provides strategic resources for the foster youth population served at CitySquare TRAC (Transition Resource Action Center) in Dallas, TX. As youth age out and are in need of carrying cases for their clothing, resources, school supplies, and work gear, the shipment of bags are coming in handy for our youth. Thank you so much for these wonderful bags. Our youth excited to receive them and appreciate its practical use.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being able to distribute these bags to our youth has been a tremendous help. We are beyond appreciative for having these bags available. We have been able to provide to youth that do not have luggage and are going to college, and to a youth who no longer has any personal belongings due to a tragic house fire.

2 Larysa K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hunter and his organization is a huge inspiration to young generation in our community. His accomplishments and what he does truly shows his passion in life!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags generously donated bags for the foster care youth we serve! They have helped so many youth!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Hunter was able to enlighten us on so much that we needed to know. The number of young adults and children that in need of self-esteem is staggering.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am new to this nonprofit organization however I strongly believe in this venture and will begin to support it yearly.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been observing Day 1 Bags since it began as an Eagle Scout project and has grown to a thriving non-profit with far-reaching effects. The joy and enthusiasm that Hunter Beaton and his family bring to this organization is so inspiring. They are always so cheerful and kind. Day 1 Bags recently donated 65 backpacks to the fund-raising project at my workplace for a local elementary school. It was hard to tell who was happier about the donation, them or us! Thank you Day 1 Bags for your giving spirit and all that you do to support your community - and beyond.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags assisted us with a very generous donation of backpacks during a recent school supply drive we held for Boone Elementary in San Antonio and Curington Elementary in Boerne, Texas. Hunter Beaton and his family are doing great work helping students in the local area thrive, in addition to their primary mission of helping maintain the dignity of foster children with quality bags to hold their items when they move to a family setting. Day 1 Bags is making a huge difference for children in need! Karla Sarran - Marketing Director, United Texas Credit Union

2 Susan J.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing to hear the presentation, study the website and see the impact of the Day1Bag programs in action. Our County purchased 50 bags for just $1 each! and provides them to CPS as they work cases for our children. Thank you to the hard work of the Hunter and his family. Really love his "accomplishments" one page reports also -- shows exactly how donor funds impact the community.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Day 1 Bags is committed to ensuring simple needs with a fantastic bag are met for so many foster youth. Thank you for caring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow!!! The quality of the bags provided by Day 1 Bags are AMAZING!! I've had case managers comment with a gracious 'Thank you' for first, providing duffel bags for our foster children's moves, and second, for providing such great quality bags that they will be able to use for years to come. Hunter found our group home organization, and in such a short time, has made a huge, positive impact on our program and children alike. I am grateful for such a great non-profit providing such a great service to our foster siblings.

Margaret Jordan
President/CEO
DREAM Group Homes, Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to Day 1 Bags for running a fantastic Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 campaign for our foster youth. Your effort has made such a difference during COVID, making sure these youth know they are celebrated for this accomplishment. What an amazing organization truly making a difference in lives of others.

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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.

3 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.

2 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!

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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.

5

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

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1

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!