I first learned about Bags4Kids in the summer of 2009. My temple encourages Hebrew students to initiate a mitzvah project in order to contribute to the community and to help others less fortunate, as part of becoming a Jewish adult. In case you don’t know, a mitzvah is something like a good deed. So, in preparation for my bat mitzvah, I began thinking about something that I could do that would be meaningful.
It was August and we were shopping for my new backpack, as we did before school began every year, when I realized that between my friends and I we must have dozens of previously used, but perfectly good back packs. I began searching the internet to see where they could be donated and I stumbled across Bags4Kids. I had never before thought about how it must feel to be taken away from your parents, and your home, and sometimes even separated from your sisters and brothers. I loved that Bags4Kids was there to try and make things less scary and sad for these kids. I especially loved that they were based within driving distance, were small enough that my help might really make an impact, and that their work directly helped to improve the lives of kids.
So, that’s how it began. I collected backpacks and comfort items and my mom made arrangements for us to deliver them to LaJuana Moser, Bags4 kids amazing founder. I thought that would be where the story ended but instead, that is where it began.
LaJuana gave my mom and I some completed packs to deliver to foster kids in our community. We went to the Department of Child and Family Services in Chatsworth. The kids were so surprised and happy to receive the packs. I immediately understood why LaJuana started Bags4Kids and how very important the work they did really was.
After my Bat Mitzvah in 2010, I started acting professionally and I decided that if I was lucky enough to someday have some celebrity, I would like to use it to help this amazing cause.
In the meantime, I am happy to try and help raise awareness about the problems foster kids face and how Bags4Kids everyday is working to make their lives a little better.
Bags4Kids E-mail: email@example.com