A suitcase. Chances are, if you own one, it is stuffed in a closet, up in your attic or maybe cramed under your bed. You haul it out and dust it off for family vacations, a retreat or a required conference for work.
If you are a foster child, a suitcase is a luxury. Most foster children arrive in care with little more than the clothes on their back. Maybe a few items in a Walmart or garbage bag. Then, as they travel back and forth to visits at home or maybe move to another foster home they pack up their belongings in a nice new suitcase. Wait, no, a lot of the time they get to use that wonderful device for transporting clothing.....a plastic bag. Hummm, how many people would feel proud to carry their kitchen garbage bag full of their precious belongings on their next trip away from home. You know, filled with all those important items that we sometimes spend extra cash to "insure" for travel. As you can probably tell, it infuriates me to have a child arrive at my home with their belongings (items that are SO very important to them) in a trash bag or maybe if they are lucky, a department store bag with handles. It makes me even more mad when they arrive at my home like this after a transfer from another foster home. I can somewhat understand when they are quickly removed from a dangerous situation. But, there is no excuse to send a child out to another home or back to their home with their belongings in that manner. That being said, a wonderful lady recently wanted to organize a group to collect suitcases for children in foster care. When I heard her idea I thought it was great. I haven't heard anything more about it, so....I am toying around with ideas/ways to raise money to buy suitcases or duffle bags for Foster children. I know you are on the edge of your seat. But, we're still brainstorming ideas in my home. So, if anyone has some creative juices flowing in their veins-suggest away.
Currently there are over 11,000 children in foster care in Missouri.
Over 2,000 children are waiting for a forever family.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.. Prov 31:8a