CREATING HOPE WITH CARE AND BAGS
As part of our crisis work with the Caring Clothes Closet, we learned that many children in crisis in the Richmond area carry their items in trash bags when they transition from home to home. So we started a new project and named it Bags 4 Kids.
Since then, Bags 4 Kids has distributed hundreds of Comfort Bags, Christmas Bags and Back to School Boxes to children within the Richmond area. Bags 4 Kids is now distributing comfort bags to domestic violence shelters and to programs that address homelessness.
WHAT WE DO
Bags 4 Kids is a program of the Caring Clothes Closet. Bags 4 Kids provides comfort bags to children transitioning into domestic violence shelters, into local programs to address homelessness and into the foster care system. It provides community service opportunities to help at-risk children in the Richmond area. Bags 4 Kids has brightly colored bags that are filled with comfort items and necessities intended to give hope to the kids who receive them. These bags are kept on hand at the agencies we serve. If a child needs clothing, then Bags 4 Kids has a larger duffle-type bag used to provide free clothing from the Caring Clothes Closet in addition to other items normally found in the comfort bags.
OUR BAGS INCLUDE:
Brush and Comb
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Colored Pencils or Markers
Pad of Paper
Inspirational card made by another child
OUR AGENCY PARTNERS:
UMFS (Residential, Foster Care
and Day School)
Henrico County DSS
Hopetree Family Services
One Church One Child
Goochland County DSS
First Home Care and
Lutheran Family Services
Hanover Safe Place
The Hilliard House at Housing Families First
McKinney-Vento Program Henrico County
Carol Adams Foundation
Great Expectations - J. Sergeant Reynolds Campus
Great Expectations - John Tyler Campus
WHEN ARE OUR PROGRAMS OFFERED?
Our comfort bag programs and community service programs relating to the comfort bags are offered year-round
Our pencil box program for Dominion Academy and other agencies is offered late Spring into Summer
Our Christmas bag program is offered late Fall through the end of November
WHERE DO OUR PROGRAMS TAKE PLACE?
BFK can come and facilitate projects for a group.
All of the BFK projects can be done as a DIY project individually or as a group. The program is super flexible and empowers children's groups and corporate groups to give back to their community in whichever way appeals to them.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can plan and organize a collection at your school, neighborhood or other type of group for items found in the green comfort bags. A list of items that we need is found above. Most items can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.
You can make encouraging cards to go in our comfort bags.
You can use the list above to go shop for all or some of the items needed to fill a comfort bag and deliver those items to Bags 4 Kids. Donations can be dropped in the wicker trunks located on the porch of the Caring Clothes Closet at 4825 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA.
HAVE A PARTY
Have a party to create Bags for Kids! Shop for the contents of the comfort bags, then stuff the bags and make encouraging cards for the bags at your next meeting. This type of project works for any school or church groups, neighborhood groups, birthday parties and more.
BFK has a pencil box project and a Christmas bag project that work great for individuals or groups of kids who are looking to give back to their communities. Contact us for details!
Your tax deductible donations will help Bags 4 Kids to:
Provide duffle bags for at-risk children needing clothes from the CCC
Purchase items for Christmas Bags and pencil boxes
Provide funding for 50 X 60 blankets to go into comfort bags
Funding for items needed for comfort bags and/or donations of items needed for comfort bags
We are a 100% volunteer run project and we need your help in the following ways:
Coordinate a craft project with your school, troop or club and we will use what you make to enhance our Comfort Bags!
Lead a supply drive
Donate! We accept new items to fill our bags or cash to purchase items and bags
The Bags YOU are making or providing supplies for will be delivered to our partner agencies to hand out to kids in crisis. The bags give the kids something of their own during a difficult time of transition. The bags offer hope in knowing someone cares. They offer comfort in the form of a blanket and stuffed animal and they offer activities in the form of a notebook, markers, pens and a squishy ball. The encouraging card you create will inspire the foster child to not give up and will let them know you care for them. You are letting them know they are not alone.
SHARE THE CARE
QUOTABLE ART PROJECT
Kids helping the community
Some of the talented art students at the Center of Creative Arts teamed up with Bags 4 Kids to share HOPE with children in crisis. These art students gave their time and talents to create “Quotable” art work that was turned into notecards for sale to raise funds for the CCC. 100% of the sale of the cards go to support CCC’s vision to provide free clothing and/or comfort bags to people in crisis in the Richmond area. YOU can directly support at-risk children in your area by buying a pack of cards from the office at Shady Grove United Methodist Church or by contacting Bags 4 Kids directly. The cards sell for $10 a pack (check or exact change please).
"Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you can start." -Nico Qubein, President High Point University