My Journey Bag for Foster Kids

$4,400 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 34 months
Sheri Spain
on behalf of REALTOR Foundation of Wake County
 RALEIGH, NC

My Journey Bag - Travel Bags and Essential for Children Entering Foster Care

31 years ago this week at the age of 11, I came home from school and was given a black garbage bag to collect a few of my belongings as I was being taken from my abusive mothers home and placed into foster care. Little did I know I was never going home and was going to need personal essentials like a tooth brush, hair brush, shampoo, a notebook, address book to keep up with friends I met along the way, a pillows, etc. 

That is why I immediately knew that I needed to do something to help when the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors announced the "My Journey Bag" project in conjunction with the Methodist Home for Children because there is a need for over 350 travel/duffle bags and personal essentials kits for kids who range from newborn to 18 who are transitioning from home to home carrying their belongings (should they even have any) in a black trash bag. 

The My Journey Project will provide each child in need with a quality travel/duffle bag filled with essential needs and age appropriate comfort items that will be theirs alone, giving them a sense of pride and self-worth by having something permanent that goes with them on their journey to find a forever home and family.

A typical quality made travel/duffle bag is $25-$30, an Essentials kit is $40-$50, and both would be $65-$80. There are ranges because it depends upon where the bag and kit items are purchased. If you wish one of the optional comfort items to be included in your donation, please adjust your total donation accordingly. ALL donations are tax-deductible. 

Option 1: Provide the journey bag itself (~$25-$30). - Here is a link to $25 duffle bags with optional colors on amazon or a basic black duffle bag. We ask that the bag be new and of good quality so that it will last, NON-ROLLING and approximately 26x12x12. The babies are in need of a good diaper bag. Here is a link to a suggested bag for babies.

Option 2: Provide a kit of basic essentials (Total items cost will range from $40-$50). These age appropriate kits contain tooth brushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, 

Option 3: Provide both a bag and essential items (~$65-$80)

Option 4: Make a monetary donation (100% will be used by volunteers to purchase more bags or items).

Option 5: Order and have shipped a BRAND NEW Pillow Pet  to be added to the Journey Bag by our volunteers prior to delivery June 1st.

We are also looking for donations of items to go into the duffle bags such as fast food gift cards,  MP3 players, stamps, envelopes, journals, and more. If you have anything like this you can donate several of to be added into the bags please contact me. 

If you prefer to purchase a bag online or supplying essentials that need to be shipped please contact me directly and let me know what to expect so we can confirm receipt. They can be shipped to my office and we will fill them with essentials.  

Commitments to donate must be made no later than May 10th and donations must be received no later than May 25th to ensure we are able to put together the bags to be delivered to the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and then onto the Methodist Home for Children. 

Click here for a FAQ and more information about the My Journey Bag project with the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors. 

Please also keep in mind that the amounts listed above can vary depending on what contents are added to the bag so you are welcome to add more per child.
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I can not say thank you enough to those who have already donated. We have been able to sponsor 118 bags so far, our fellow agents have picked up nearly 200 more and there are only 42 kids left needing to be sponsored. I have been having an amazing time shopping for the bags and the contents of the bags. Please help to be able to ensure that each of the children receive a bag filled with goodies and essentials.
Sample Toddler Girl Bag
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Thanks for all the requests for ways to help! We have collected $1625 and sponsored 15 more kids today for a total of 70 kids in 2.5 days!! We are starting to collect the contents for the bags and many of you locally have asked for ways that you and/or your small group can do to help collect needed items and to help volunteer time putting the bags together in June so I created a Sign Up Genius to ensure we are getting the right break down of needed items and enough volunteer time. Here is a link... http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a45abab23a0fa7-myjourney
Sign Up To Donate Bags and/or Contents
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WOW!! Thanks so much to everyone who has helped out! We have been able to sponsor 50 bags in just 1 day!! I am going to be ordering the bags this week and having them delivered to the office to start putting them together to be delivered the 1st week in June. Please feel free to share and again, thanks!!
We have sponsored 50 bags in 1 day!!
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Claybon Council
33 months ago

GOD BLESS

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$4,400 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 34 months
Created April 17, 2016
Sheri Spain
on behalf of REALTOR Foundation of Wake County
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$100
Eric Reid
33 months ago

NO .. NO CHILD SHOULD FEEL THAT THEIR LIFE FITS INTO A GARBAGE BAG.

MP
$100
Matt Perry
33 months ago

Awesome cause! Great work Sheri!

JM
$100
Jennifer Matthews
33 months ago

So proud of you Sherri! You have a huge heart!!!

$40
Mark Michet
34 months ago

I'd like to suggest zip lock bags to put bottles of liquids into would help keep the journey bags tidy too.

$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
$100
Jeff Chalmers
34 months ago

Sheri, God Bless you for doing this and for being the wonderful person that you are.

Claybon Council
33 months ago

GOD BLESS

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