Suitcases of Hope is a charity dedicated to giving a large duffel bag of essential items to a child just entering the foster care system. 

Our Story

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!


Your donations go to purchase duffel bags as well as everything needed to put in the bag.

Please help us support social services groups by providing filled bags to foster children. They can not do it alone.

NO Child should feel like TRASH!

The following items are always needed:

  • Duffel Bag (24-28 inches)

  • Personal Care Items (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, shampoo and deodorant)​

  • Stuffed Animals

  • 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!

Duffle Bag Contents
Personal Items
Ashley purchasing items
Packing Personal Items
Letters of Encouragement
Lots of awesome items for bags
Duffle Bag Items
Duffle bag contents ready to pack


Tel: 978-995-3418

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