As real estate industry professionals we deal with people who are moving on a daily basis. Most of the people we are helping are moving by choice, to a place they chose and they have time to prepare. Almost all of them have the legal right to take all of their belongs with them. Sadly this is not the case for over 400,000 foster children in the United States. The reality is; every 2 minutes RIGHT HERE in the United States a child is handed a garbage bag, told to collect their belongings and enters Foster Care.
31 years ago I was one of those children. At the age of 11 was one of those kids. So I knew I had to be involved when I heard that our local Raleigh Regional Association of Realtor was Raising the Bar and getting involved with the community by sponsoring the "My Journey Bag" project in conjunction with the Methodist Home for Children. There is a need for over 350 travel/duffle bags and personal essentials kits for kids who range from newborn to 18 years old who are transitioning from home to home carrying their belongings in a black trash bag.
I know that together as a group we can make sure that these kids can each get a quality made duffle bag to hold their belonging and a few comfort items. Currently I have been able to sponsor 118 and have just a few more days to commit to sponsoring the remaining 42 kids who do not have a sponsor for a bag yet.
To donate and/or share the project please visit the Go Fund Me Page set up to collect donations. I have been shopping for the last month and will continue to shop with the funds raised to fill the bags. We have plans on June 4th to put together the bags and deliver them on June 6th to the association and the bags will be delivered June 15th to the Methodist Home for Children.
If you would like to gather the contents of the bags and delvier them to my office that would be fine too. Just be sure to sign up so we know what we still need to shop for. Vist our sign-up genius link and reach out to me to coordinate how to have the items delivered prior to putting the bags together.