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« on: May 16, 2008 12:27:59 PM »

Whil this idea does not include a craft i would like to share with you a mission the  womens group in our church has undertaken. We made an appeal to our general congregation and are collecting  duffle bags, the type you can get from Walmart for about $10.00 and are taking them to our county social services office to be distributed to children in the foster care program. Most of these kids  carry their belongings in garbage bags when they are moved from one place to another. This mission will give them something nice that belongs to them and hopefully give them some much needed self esteem. Then someone got a brain storm and we salvaged enough like new bears and stuffed animals from our rummage sale and will put one in each bag.
The response from our congregation has been overwhelming. We contibute to many missions that  sends stuff overseas that is much needed, this mission gives us a chance to make a difference in the  life of a  child locally..



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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008 07:18:20 PM »

That is a very nice idea!  I work with children who have lived their whole lives in the foster care system and I have seen those garbage bag-suitcases.  It always made me feel kind of sad, although I don't know that they see anything odd about it.  This is a great idea and I bet it does a lot for their self-esteem.  I will keep this in mind for the future.  Did you just contact CAS or family services and let them know you were interested in donating duffle bags?
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2008 04:26:21 PM »

we did call social services first  to see how they wanted to handle it. we took 40 bags and bears tis week.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008 09:31:44 AM »

I'm an adoptive mom and currently working on my homestudy for another child (YEAH!). This time we are looking for an older child (older than an infant!) and so we had to go thru intensive training to prepare for this.

I have heard of getting duffle bags for foster kids before and was interested in doing this prior to adoptiong our first child, but after going thru the training and hearing the stories from foster moms and social workers I am compelled to look at this charity again. There is no such charity here in Alabama where I live, so I'm wondering how to help.

Are the duffle bags small ones? You know, the size one would take to the gym? They would work.  but I'm thinking of sewing together the singlet style grocery bags like in this thread (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0). I was thinking of adding a large flap with some sort of enclosure to keep the bag shut. My social worker said that they have 30 minutes to gather belongings and normally just shove a change of clothing, a couple of underwear and socks and another pair of shoes (if the child has them) and allow the child to pick one special item - plus any toiletries they can get.

I was also thinking of making these of canvas and throwing in some washable markers. This way the child could color the bag while in the car (if it is daytime) or while in their new home or waiting at the social worker's office, as a way of therapy. They (or their foster family) could wash it out and they could redecorate it. This would add to the sense that this thing belongs to them.  I was also thinking of throwing in a toothbrush, a comb and brush and maybe some hand lotion.

What do you think?
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2008 06:33:31 AM »

Thirty minutes?  I can't imagine.  This seems like a great idea. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2008 12:01:37 PM »

Thirty minutes?  I can't imagine.  This seems like a great idea. 

I know. Sounds terrible, but that's what the SW's kept repeating "We have 30 minutes to remove the child from the situation". Due to the shock the child (if old enough) can not make a decision as to what to take so the SW will try their best to grab at least one change of clothing and throw it in a plastic grocery bag.

Thanks for the thumbs up on my idea. I'm going to discuss it with my supporting SW when we have our next visit.
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