Bag Up The Love!

$1,540 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 43 months
Children and teens in Sarasota County, FL who enter the foster care system are given a black plastic trash bag to pack up their worldly possessions in. This didn't feel right to us, and after a little research we found that groups in other states have successfully started programs to fix this

Bag Up The Love, working in conjunction with The Safe Children's Coalition and the Sarasota YMCA, will replace the trash bags with brand new duffel bags stuffed with much-needed supplies.

Marguerite initially collected $1000 through gofundme and purchased 100 duffel bag sets to donate in May, in order to celebrate National Foster Care Month in a meaningful way. She also received a $150 grant through the Global Youth Service Day program at Community Youth Development of Sarasota (middle school catagory.) She has since benefited from seed grants provided by Karma for Cara as well as The Pollination Project!  

Each duffel bag set contains a coloring book/crayon set (under age 10) or a journal/pen set (10 and older) along with a bag of toiletries and a small stuffed dog, because in the Andrich family, a dog means home. Other items, such as blankets, will be added as funding allows.

Marguerite will continue to fill 10 bags a month to keep up with ongoing demand by rotating this responsibility through various church, school, youth and nonprofit groups in our area. She will seek press coverage through the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and other outlets during the actual drop-off to help spread the word. Community Broadcast Network interviewed Marguerite, as well as Doreen from The Safe Children Coaltion, and made a lovely piece about the project.

We know this appears to be a "local" issue and we agree that it most immediately benefits Sarasota County, but we believe that children are the future of this great country, and must be lifted by all hands to their full potential.

So please help children entering the foster care system pack up things meaningful and important to them with a sense of dignity, and the knowledge that we care. 

If every person reading this donates $5 right now we will be shopping for and stuffing bags by tomorrow! But please feel free to donate more,  because 100% of all money collected will go straight to funding this cause. Please also share our link with all of your friends as well!

Thank you!

Marguerite Andrich
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We have accomplished so much this first year but we couldn't have done any of it without YOU! From spreading the message of #nomoretrashbags, to receiving generous national seed grants from #thepollinationproject and #karmaforcare, to attracting amazing community partners like Universal North America Insurance, SurfItUSA, Ristaino Photography, Do Your Best Sanctuary, Freeman Orthodontics, Community Youth Development, SRQ Performance, Seaward Crossfit, Sugar Sand Silver, LaDona Donuts and many others, to amassing donations from individuals all over the country and the world. Because of everyone's hard work and generosity we to REACHED OUR GOAL of donating over 200 brand new duffel bag sets in 2015/2016!! Marguerite graduated middle school and won TWO Volunteer of the Year awards, and next year we will only grow stronger and make a positive impact in the lives of more children and teens entering foster care in Sarasota County! Stay tuned for new projects, for Bag Up Bracelets sales, and new fundraising events. We love you all!
Some of our donors come with four legs!
We love The Safe Children's Coalition!
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Tuesday is Giving Tuesday!! Because the number of children and teens entering foster care in Sarasota is growing we need to raise our fundraising goals as well!

Donate to our gofundme site listed here and 100% of your money buys duffel bag sets! For the holidays we will also send a handmade hemp and charms Bag Up Bracelet for you to keep or re-gift! After you make your donation we will message you with details!

Also- we love you guys. Seriously. Huge thanks.
Duffel bag drop off before Thanksgiving!
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Our very own website is up and running!!! Please visit us at and check it out!!! Huge thanks to Stephanie Roland for her unbelievably generous help!!
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We just updated the Bag Up The Love project description because we hit our first goal AND won a service award AND had a media interview!! Very soon our website will be up and running as well (huge thanks to Stephanie Roland!!) None of this works without YOU so please continue to donate ($5 is awesome!! Can you send in the price of a latte now???) and keep SHARING this link! Hugs and love!!
Mike with Community Broadcast Network!
Marguerite won an award and $150!
Marguerite with Mike at her interview!
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$1,540 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 43 months
Created April 7, 2015
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Judy Andrich
23 months ago

Happy to share in your project, Ritie!

Eve Goldberg
23 months ago

Great job Marguerite! You are awesome.

Kathleen Flynn
25 months ago

When I am in Sarasota full-time, I will come by to help.

28 months ago
shanda strickland
31 months ago

So proud of you Ritie!! love and hugs ~ Auntie Shanda

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