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The Bag Project

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Bag Project is transforming the experience of children navigating through crisis and transition by providing them with a high-quality, age-appropriate bag filled with basic necessities and comfort items which they may not otherwise receive.

Results: We have distributed over 3020 emergency bags and 1700 activity bags to children in crisis and transition through our partners.

Target demographics: We provide emergency and activity bags to infants and children in crisis and transition.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In the past 12 months, we have provided over 1000 bags to infants and children through our local partners.

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: We provide duffle bags filled with age-appropriate personal hygiene and comfort items to children.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Bag Project is an amazing nonprofit organization! Our office is able to place an order at any time and use the bags for our children who are moving from placement to placement. We are so thankful for their support to our families and children to make a better tomorrow !! The bags are full of amazing goodies and basic necessities that our children are so very thankful for. Check out our office youtube video " foster children get help from Monmouth County North" to see the amazing story of how the bags are used in our office.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bag Project is an amazing organization and is completely volunteer run. Every dollar and item donated goes directly to its mission to make bags for kids who otherwise might carry their belongings in a trash bag or might not have anything but the clothes they are wearing. The bags they distribute are full of items that kids need to feel cared for, like basic toiletries, awesome socks, literature and activity books, cozy blankets, and bottles, clothes and diapers for infants, to name a few. The Bag Project has distributed thousands of bags to a variety of organizations that work with kids in crisis as well as departments of children and family services across New Jersey. I also love how The Bag Project gets kids helping kids - they partner with local schools, churches, and other youth organizations so that kids can do their own drives, stuff bags and raise money and awareness. This organization has made a huge difference in the lives of so many kids across New Jersey!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Bag Protect has assisted myself in ensuring that a child who comes into placement feels a little bit more at ease when going through the traumatic event of a removal. It assists the Division with ensuring that the child has a few belongings of their own right at the beginning of the transition. I am grateful to have an opportunity to work with this organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An often overlook need for children entering the foster care system.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Bag Project is an exceptional group of people who are devoted to giving their time and energy to ensure children in foster care have the essentials needed when they leave their home. They provide sturdy duffle bags filled with necessary and age appropriate hygiene products which the children can carrier their clothes in and feel empowered when first entering into someone else's home. The Bag Project has provided duffle bags and activity bags to many DCPP offices throughout the state. Every child who has received one has loved it and been happy to have it. Keep up the great work!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The true test of the importance of a not-for-profit is its ability to identify and target a real need. The Bag Project gives children items that include healthcare and comfort in the most vulnerable time of their young lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past two years, Anupa and "The Bag Project" have been an amazing part of my students lives. I am the teacher for three programs for adjudicated youth in Mercer County, a population that is overlooked, yet very worthwhile! The bags given to the kids in my classes show that someone cares about them and truly engenders goodwill! The bags are thoughtfully and thoroughly prepared with both essential hygiene products, books to promote increased literacy and a blanket, amongst other things... We are in your debt and please continue this vital work!
Thank you and God Bless!
R. Fiorello, Juvenile Offenders Outreach Dept. Coordinator, PEI Kids

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Bag Project has provided such a wonderful opportunity for the immigrant families in need and crisis we serve at the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. We have gotten so many positive reactions and feedback from the families and children who were fortunate enough to receive a bag. I have seen how the children can benefit from the toys and hygiene items - for some it may be the first item of that kind they are able to own and call their own.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Anchor House, dedicated to serving runaway, homeless, abused, neglected and aging out young people through trauma-informed residential and community-based programs, greatly appreciates The Bag Project's innovative and insightful work. When I think of The Bag Project, the first word that comes to mind is "impact." I have personally witnessed the faces of young people in need when they receive one of The Bag Project's attractive duffle bags and realize that it and all the wonderful age- and gender-appropriate goodies inside (e.g., personal care items, a book, blanket, stuffed animal and more) are theirs to keep and treasure. The smiles are amazing, as is the tremendous sense of gratitude. So many of the youth Anchor House serves don't have any duffle bags such as The Bag Project donates. Many are used to carrying around their clothes and personal effects in big black garbage bags. Can you imagine what that must feel like? What message that sends to kids? The Bag Project demonstrates to vulnerable young people that there are people out there who really care about them. Through The Bag Project's generous participation with Anchor House, our residents are able to transport their belongings in a stigma-free way. The gift of the duffle also allows our youth to experience feeling valued and respected. Those gifts are priceless! Thank you, Anupa and The Bag Project!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you think about it for a moment, the impact "The Bag Project" potentially has, at an intense and critical flash-point in a child's life cannot be overstated. What happens to a child when they lose a parent or guardian and find themselves facing life in foster or public care is unimaginable for most of us. For those who face this as a truth though, the jarring impact may affect them for the rest of their lives. "The Bag Project" seeks to soften the devastation from facing such upheaval and providing some small comfort when fear MUST be the overriding feeling. Great kudos to those who look to help here. This is a special cause!