Suitcases of Hope is a charity dedicated to giving a large duffel bag to a child just entering the foster care system.
Unfortunately, social services does not have the financial means to purchase suitcases or duffel bags to pack a child’s meager belongings before being brought to a foster home. If they do not have any donated duffel bags/suitcases social services must use trash bags. It is horrific enough that a child has been abused or neglected, but then to have all of his/her belongings placed into a trash bags places a feeling of worthlessness on the child. It makes him/her feel like garbage.
Ashley understands how it feels as her belongings placed in large trash bags, as this happened many times. Her goal is to eliminate TRASH BAGS as an acceptable form of luggage for foster children, whose lives have been disrupted due to no fault of their own.
How YOU can help
Whatever your reason for helping and however you choose to help, we are grateful for your support!
The following items are always needed:
Duffel Bag (24-28 inches)
Personal Care Items (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, shampoo and deodorant)
Twin Sheet Set
We also include a copy of "The Suitcases" novel and a letter of encouragement in every bag.
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Have you considered adoption? Even though older foster children may have had challenges, they are not "bad". This is a major misconception. These kids want to be part of a loving forever family.
Visit AdoptUSKids to learn more about adoption.
If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact me for details on how you can help!