One day while watching the Oprah show she was amazed by a young man who collected suitcases for Foster children. This man's idea inspired her, so she prayed to God for ways in which she could help. She wanted to do more for these kids than just provide for them in her own home. Thus, she began filling backpacks and diaper bags and giving them to children in crises situations, in hopes of giving them pride and dignity.
Over the years Mrs. Moser has added other programs to bags4kids such as giving prom dresses to any girl in need. Helping social workers and police officers acquire beds, bedding, clothing, shoes and school bags for their clients or a child they have come into contact with that very day. Bags are made twice a year for teens living in group homes locally. There are clothing/shoe give away days. Formula, food and diapers are also given locally, when in stock. Birthday and holiday gifts are also given to foster children through foster parent agencies and county offices. Over 50,000 bags have been given since it began in June 2002.
Katie Moser graduated from Monterey Bay Academy and attends UCSB. She has been a volunteer for bags4kids since it began. She helps with social media sites as well and loves telling everyone she comes in contact with about her family's charity, her life as a foster child and her adoption journey. Katie works as a peer counselor for Guardian scholars which is a program for former foster youth.
Amanda Collins and Mr. B
Amanda Collins and her son Mr. B are also volunteers. Both of them often make videos for us. Amanda is also employed at NASA research.
Tom's career had kept him in various positions at Rio Tinto Minerals for 38 years. Upon retiring in 2003, Tom has devoted his time to Bags4Kids, helping in all areas of the foundation and where the most needs are required day by day.
Danielle began volunteering for us in 2002. She graduated with her Master's Degree in Counseling and helping people is her greatest passion in life. She currently resides in Denver, CO and is working with foster youth by providing mentors for them. "Volunteering for Bags4Kids opened up my eyes at a young age to the many needs of foster kids and volunteering has reminded me that anyone at any age can make a difference to these kids."
Volunteer since 2002
Alicia is currently a nanny for three families down in Orange County, while furthering her education in Child Development. Her passion is photography and helping people. She really enjoys volunteering for bags4kids when she can and helping spread the word.
Volunteer since 2002
Regina is the owner of Extensions Dance Studio and works with foster children.
Our mission is simple-to assist and support Foster Care Agencies, Children’s Social Services, Schools, Resource Centers and Police Dept‘s. By supplying them with shoes, clothes, toys, bedding, hygiene kits, educational supplies & diapers for the children they serve during emergency situations.
The Bags4Kids Foundation supports the well being of these special children with emphasis on:
Keeping their Dignity
Knowing Someone Cares
Having items to call “their own” when all else has been taken from them. By proving them with a "comfort bag."
We wanted to share with you the country western singer Jimmy Wayne's video. He too was once a foster child.
Bags4Kids Board of Directors
Founder, Executive Director
Andrea Minghelli: Our Media and radio spots
Carol Stephens: our Graphic Artist