DID YOU KNOW...The average foster care child moves 7 times before the age of 18. Most of the time, these children are moving place to place carrying only a garbage bag. My goal is to eliminate trash bags as an acceptable form of luggage for foster children in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties. Most times when children are taken from their home, they don't have necessities such as a toothbrush or change of clothes. They are alone and in need of a friend in their stuffed animal pal.
Operation South Jersey has teamed up with Family Strengthening Network and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties for our most current project "Duffel Bags for Foster Kids". May is National Foster Care Month and also holds Family Strengthening Network's 2nd Annual Family Day of Service event. The money we raise will go towards these new duffel bags that will include but not limited too: hygiene products, a new blanket, stuffed animal or book (depending on the age of the child). Then will be donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem County (CASA of CGS), a non profit that recruits and trains community volunteers to be a "voice in court" for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect and placed into foster care. These advocates "speak up" for these children, helping them get the services they need and ensuring that they find safe, permanent homes. The advocates will hand off our duffel bags to the children they speak up for.
My goal is to eliminate trash bags as an acceptable form of luggage for the 170 children that CASA of CGS currently serves in their 3 counties! Sponsor a child for only $25! http://www.gofundme.com/duffelbagsforkids
Each Duffel Bag/Items = $25.00
Goal = $25 per bag x 170 bags = $4,250