WICHITA, Kansas (KWCH) – New suitcases and duffel bags are needed for Kansas foster children. A community-wide bag drive is underway until the end of the month.
The bag drive is organized by Susan’s Kids during National Adoption Month. The organization wants to collect more than 3,000 new bags for children placed in foster care. The message – garbage bags are for garbage – not for foster children.
Irene Hoyer raised three sons and also welcomed foster children into her home. She and her husband have been foster parents for eight years. She remembers the heartbreaking moments of their trip.
“I saw children come in dragging garbage bags with all their things. and I said, ‘Where are your clothes?’ They said, ‘It’s in the trash bags.’ my heart broke, ”Hoyer recalls.
That’s why Susan’s Kids is organizing the collection, to help foster children get their own suitcase.
College Hill United Methodist Church is one of the drop-off points. Some members of the congregation donated new suitcases and sports bags that will accompany the children as they move from house to house.
“They must have baggage with their name on it,” said College Hill United Methodist Church pastor, Reverend Jill Sander-Chali. “It’s important. It gives them a sense of dignity. Their life is not garbage. Their life is precious.
She said it sounds like a loss of dignity for children when they have to put their things in a garbage bag. She said it was an opportunity for the community to show they care and show compassion.
“I hope it helps them to know that there are people out there who love and care about them,” Hoyer said.
As the collection campaign continues through the end of the month, bags are piling up in some of these places. If you’d like to help out, you can drop off new suitcases, backpacks and duffel bags in all sizes and colors at over 20 locations, including all Brandon Steven Motors dealers.
- Perfect Plate, Corn: 5255 N Maize Rd, Maize, KS 67101, United States
- Saint Catherine of Siena: 3642 N Ridge Rd, Wichita, KS 67205, United States
- Steakhouse 6S: 6200 W 21st St, Wichita, KS 67205, United States
- Botany: 701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203, United States
- Eddy’s CDJR: 11028 W Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67209, United States
- Leslie Coffee Co.: 930 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67203, United States
- Monarch: 579 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213, United States
- The kitchen: 725 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202, United States
- The work room: 150 N Cleveland, Wichita, KS 67214, United States
- Reverie Roasters: 2202 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67214, United States
- Prost: 2721 E Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67214, United States
- College Hill United Methodist: 2930 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67214, United States
- Love of Character, College Hill: 3200 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67208, United States
- Deli College Hill: 3407 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218, United States
- Eddy’s Toyota: 7333 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67207, United States
- Eddy’s Lincoln: 8701 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67
- Automotive Shop: 9707 E Orme St, Wichita, KS 67207, USA207, USA
- Eddy bodywork: 650 S Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67207, United States
- Wichita Subaru: 11610 E Kellogg Dr N, Wichita, KS 67207, United States
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