On any given day, there are nearly 437,500 youth in the foster care system in the United States. Of the thousands of youth who enter the system each year, most arrive carrying little more than the clothes on their backs. If they are afforded the opportunity to collect any personal belongings, many are then given a trash bag in which to place and carry their personal items. It is a time of great upheaval and instability, and their first foster home placement is unlikely to be their last. Many youth in foster care will be moved from home to home multiple times, carrying their life’s treasures in a trash bag. Comfort Cases believes every child deserves to feel a sense of dignity. Every child deserves to pack their belongings in a special bag that they can call their own. It is their mission as a charity to provide a proper bag, filled with comfort and essential items, to these brave youth in foster care on their journey to find their forever home.
On the latest episode of It’s A Woman’s World, Carolyn Bruna sits down with Lesley Robinson a volunteer with Comfort Cases to talk about how she got involved with the organization and how residents can get involved too. The Maryland-based nonprofit provides a small backpack containing a blanket, stuffed animal, reading book, new pajamas, toiletries and a coloring book or journal to children ready to be placed in foster homes. The backpacks’ contents are tailored to different age groups.
Comfort Cases Center in Rockville, MD hosts open volunteer hours each week. Volunteers help with processing donations, counting inventory, assembling bags, checking packed cases, and staging for deliveries.