How My Bag My Story is Bringing Dignity to Children in Foster Care
When Cara Finger learned that most children in foster care use trash or grocery bags to carry their belongings in, she knew that had to change. That's when she founded My Bag My Story. The organization works to give foster children dignity by donating a backpack or duffle bag to a foster child each time one is purchased. In the state of Tennessee, more than 8,500 kids are in foster care. That number is over 435,000 nationwide.
Children who are put into state custody as they transition between foster homes often have few worldly possessions - and the ones they do own are often the only sense of security that they have. My Bag My Story wants foster children to feel just as valued as other children, by giving them a less embarrassing way to move from home to home. The bags sold through My Bag My Story are colorful backpacks and duffle bags with stylish prints inside. Each time a bag is purchased, one is donated to a child in foster care.
Purchasing a bag does more than just provide a bag to a foster child - it gives the child a sense of dignity, supports the foster care system as a whole and provides a conversation starter for a very important topic. Those who are not interested in purchasing a bag can also make a monetary donation to support My Bag My Story's efforts.
Bags can be purchased online at mybagmystory.com.
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