Recently, my daughter-in-law, Lori, posted a video that really touched me in a deep way. It was the story of a man who survived a horrific childhood and foster care experience and became a deeply loving, caring man who wanted to help future foster children. He and his partner fostered then adopted four children and he started a charity so that foster children can have the basic comfort of a bag to take to their new home (instead of the trash bags they most often use). These are called “Comfort Cases” which have basic toiletries, pajamas, clothes, etc.
Comfort Cases is based in Maryland, but I have contacted the Children and Youth Services in our area, and what I learned broke my heart. There are over 300 foster children just in Delaware County and over 2,000 in Philadelphia. She said that most children come with just the clothes on their backs and those are typically infested or so filthy that they can’t be kept. They would be thrilled to receive cases like these.
Instead of buying gifts for my three grandchildren who were all celebrating birthdays last month, my family donated items and assembled ten cases during their birthday celebration. The kids made cards to go in the cases and it was a wonderful service project for them to see how they could give back to children who aren’t lucky enough to have families of their own. I know you and your children will find the same sense of compassion and love that our family felt.
Makin’ Music has always strongly believed in serving our community and this project is a perfect fit for our families. My initial goal is to make up 50-100 cases this spring and have ongoing drives during the year. We’ll be collecting donations at our Open Houses in Media (Sat. 3/18/17 from 9:30 am-12:00) and Springfield (Sat. 3/25/17 from 10:00 am-11:00) or you can bring your donations to class or drop them off at our Media, Springfield and Radnor locations. We will also be asking the children that come to our Open Houses to make cards.
The goal is to provide a sense of dignity and hope to children entering the foster care system, so we ask that all items donated for our cases are NEW. Makin’ Music will provide the duffel bags for the cases, and below is our wish list of NEW items needed to fill them.
Specifically for Infants, We Need: