Mission Statement: Courage Bags are bags filled with items, such as a blanket and journal, to aid in making children’s lives easier upon moving out of their home and into the foster care system. We have created them with the intention of helping kids adjust to a new home by giving them a sense of ownership through having items they can call their own when in a new environment. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, “On September 30, 2016, there were an estimated 437,465 children in foster care,” (Foster Care Statistics 2016 2).
Overview: The idea of Courage Bags was originally thought up by a member of our church, Cindy Stone. Upon hearing of how many kids are going into the foster care system, and the number that keeps growing, she thought of creating something that each child could take with them to a new home. Each bag contains a variety of different essentials according to each age group. For example, the teenage bags contain a journal and pen, a blanket, toiletries, and a water bottle. Along with the bag comes a pair of pajamas and socks according to the child’s size. When the children are removed from a home they often have nothing but the clothes on their back. Some children co
me with a few things in a trash bag but often times they are leaving meth houses which prohibits them from bringing anything out of the house. There are also emergency cases as well. I say all of this to inform you as to why these Courage Bags are so important. Not only do the children gain a sense of pride in having something they can call their own but it also helps foster parents upon the child/children’s arrival. Our hope with this idea is to spread Christ’s love through being the hands and feet as well as helping the community we are in. And through doing this, we hope to make a child’s day one bag at a time. Once we fill each bag, it is then taken to the DCS Offices of Fulton and Pulaski County where a child’s case worker will pick it up for the child/children.
Important Information: If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Courage Bags fund of The Cross, please make a check out to the cross and put DCS-Jaylynn Hall on the memo line or you can send cash in with Courage Bags as the designated fund to which you would like your money to go. If you would like to donate items for the bags, please see the list below. Each month we will update this list according to what items we need more of to avoid excess of any one item. Thank you so much for your donations and taking the time to care for those going through a difficult time!
If you would like more information on foster care and/or statistics, please refer to:
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