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How Bags 4 Kids was started

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Mrs. Moser was a foster parent for over 25 years and grew tired of seeing the children coming to her with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. Or maybe they carried a piece of paper, of a picture they had drawn at the police station. While watching an episode of Oprah one day she saw a young man that collected suitcases for foster children. She thought that was great for the kids but a little too dull and suitcases would take up too much room. So she prayed for a better idea. Something fun and also helpful.Then one night it came to her “you can fill diaper bags and backpacks”. Yes! There it was, the answer she had been searching for. She ran to her computer, asked every friend the most important questions such as “If you were 4 years old, what would you want in your backpack?” The next morning her inbox was full. She filled 11 bags, took them to a police station and a local paper did a story. Her garage quickly filled with donations, so she needed a bigger building and that blessing also arrived in the nick of time. That was 17 years ago.Over the years she began to add on new programs as she saw what the community needed and so: Bags4kids provides Social workers, shelters, teachers, foster parent agencies, police and recourse centers with “comfort bags” for children who have become displaced. They also donate prom dresses, winter coats, costumes, school bags, diaper bags (for teen mom’s in parenting classes) , teen bags (for social workers to give as rewards), car seats, cribs, shoes, clothes and toys. Bags4kids receives support through public and private partnerships and individuals throughout the U.S.All of these programs are year round and donations are always needed and welcome.Please visit our web site www.bags4kids.org

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