Monthly Archives: January 2011

A-Z Guide to Helping Foster Kids

Perhaps your organization is looking for a beneficiary for its next big meeting. SOS Village in Illinois has put together an awesome “A-Z” list of fundraising ideas. If you are looking for ways to help America’s most vulnerable youth–in Illinois or in your home state–this is a great starting point. And I would add, under L: Donate luggage! Click on your state to the right to find out how you can help in your community. Best regards, Conna SOS VILLAGE’s A-Z Ideas … Continue reading

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Totes 2 Tots

The 9th annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive will take place this Friday, January 21, 2011. If you live in Georgia and want to donate luggage to kids in foster care, this Friday is your day. Visit any Georgia Cancer Specialists office (there are 21 in Georgia) to drop off new or gently used backpacks, suitcases or luggage for foster children of all ages. To date, the “Totes 2 Tots” campaign has collected more than 20,000 “totes” (backpacks, suitcases and duffle bags) … Continue reading

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60 Days and 60 Nights

Today more than ever, foster care and homelessness are closely, and tragically, linked. According to the Congressional Research Service: “close to 11,000 foster youth had runaway from their placement and that 24,000 youth age out of foster care each year without proper supports to successfully transition to adulthood.” The very children whom foster care is meant to help are turned out on the streets, with no place to call home. Most of us will never have to wonder what it’s … Continue reading

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Stop Sex Trafficking

What in the world does sex trafficking have to do with foster care? Tragically, many young boys and girls leave foster care as runaways or when they turn 18 and are left to fend for themselves. All too often, their only way to survive is by selling their bodies. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Please take a moment to sign this petition. Thank you. Petitions by Change.org|Start a Petition »

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The Sleep Train Pajama Drive is On

Where does the time go? It seems like I was just wrapping gifts for the holidays and here we are, mid-January. Looking back at the night under the Christmas tree, I especially loved watching my mom watch us (her kids) open gifts from her. She puts so much love into every choice for her children, grand children and great-grandchildren (plus their friends who typically come on over every year!). Mom gave me a pair of pajamas. With piping. I’ve always … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I’m excited to announce that we now have information for all 50 states! If you, your family and friends, church, book club or neighbors are looking for information on how to help kids in foster care, you’ve come to the right place. For each state, Donate Luggage lists at least one program, with its mission, needs and contact information. Please click on your state to see what needs exist. It may be that a transitional housing program needs clothing or … Continue reading

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