Earn 2 community service hours by making a blanket for a child in crisis! My Stuff Bags are duffels of new belongings for children entering crisis shelters with nothing of their own. Go to our website for instructions on how to create a blanket!
Since 1998, the My Stuff Bags Foundation has been addressing the needs of an often forgotten group of American children, those who must leave everything behind when they are rescued from abuse, neglect, abandonment, or homelessness and enter foster care, or who must flee with their mothers to the safety of a battered women’s home. Tragically, these children enter shelters with little more than the clothes on their backs and little hope for their future.
Agencies that care for these frightened kids frequently lack the resources to provide anything beyond food and safe shelter. And the few possessions these children might gather along the way are often lugged around in trash bags, leading to the demeaning label, “trash-bag kids.”
My Stuff Bags are bright blue individual duffels filled with brand new, age- and gender-appropriate toys, books, a stuffed animal, school supplies, clothing, personal toiletries, and a warm, often hand-made “security” blanket, all theirs to keep. Packed with items they desperately need as they adjust to their new surroundings, My Stuff Bags provide things to do and to hold during this difficult time.
Blanket makers can earn 2 hours of community service for every blanket donated! Simply fill out a donation record, check the community service certificate box, enclose the record with your donation, and drop off or ship the blankets to the My Stuff Bags Foundation.