About My Stuff Bags Foundation
Established in 1998, the My Stuff Bags program began as a response to a cry for help from the very people who rescue and care for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Caregivers described children arriving in just a dirty t-shirt and with nothing of their own.
The My Stuff Bags Foundation sends out thousands of bright blue individual duffels with new belongings in them such as blankets, toys, books, plush animals and more for children being cared for by agencies nationwide. These agencies include: child and family social services agencies, drug and law enforcement agencies, crisis shelters, shelters for battered women, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, residential care facilities, and CASA organizations.
The generosity and compassion of people like you makes it possible for us to continue to provide these children with a special stuffed bag to call their own. Please donate to help us reach our ongoing goal to give a My Stuff Bag to each of the nearly 300,000 children rescued each year from abuse, neglect and abandonment.
“I cannot thank you enough, nor express how good it felt to bring clean clothes and some stuffed animals to children who were distraught and not cared for.”
- Marie Hoffmiller, Juvenile Specialist, Davenport Police Department
We recently had a three-year-old little girl come into the shelter. She was found in the woods wandering around. Her parents “were under the influence” and passed out in their vehicle. She arrived with just the clothes on her back and was extremely frightened. The staff bathed her and placed her on the corner couch in our living room. We then gave her a MY Stuff Bag. We helped her open it up and her initial fear melted away as she examined “her bag” and all of the goodies inside.
These bags comfort the little ones we serve and help restore some measure of dignity to the older teens who stay with us. They usually arrive with nothing or their stuff in garbage bags.They never leave that way!
Thank you for helping us help the children.
Terry Latham – Hope Haven Center