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Duffels4Youth gives you a tangible way to help foster youth in hard places regain some dignity, by replacing trash bags with their own personal duffel bag.

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How Duffels4Youth came to be...

As a single foster mom of 3 young children, I’ve been considering ways in which I could blend my love of crafting with my love for youth in hard places. I love the quote from Jason Johnson* - “We are not all called to do the same thing, but we are called to do something”. Not everyone is called to bring foster youth into their home, but they are called to find something that they CAN do to help them in some way.

You may be a mom of small children, a house and/or vehicle already filled to the brim and just not sure how you can be of help in your current season of life to foster youth. More foster homes are greatly needed, but there are also many more needs that can be met if you aren’t able to bring a foster youth into your home.

Sadly so many foster youths are still moving their personal possessions from placement to placement in trash bags. Duffels4Youth was created to replace trash bags with handmade duffel bags and giving you a tangible way to help foster youth regain some of the dignity they lose coming into foster care by giving them something of their very own to put their belonging into.

Duffels4Youth gives you a tangible way to help foster youth in hard places regain some dignity, by replacing trash bags with their own personal duffel bag.
I don't know when this map was done, but it gives us some numbers to think about!!

Religion (an outwardly display of something that’s inwardly true) that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit (move towards/get involved) orphans and widows (the most vulnerable in society) in their affliction to keep oneself unstained from the world.
– James 1:27

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body.
– 1 Corinthians 12:14-20

We are each a brick in the wall, a part of the body of the Church.

We are not all called to do the same thing, but we are called to do something.” – Jason Johnson

Here are just a few examples of things you can do to support Foster Children & Parents, to get some ideas flowing!
* Prayer
* Restaurant or Store Gift Cards (ask which ones they frequent!)
* Meals (find out what they like & just drop off)
* Groceries
* Donate Supplies (diapers, wipes, clothes, household supplies, etc… - ask what they use)
* Money
* Babysitting
* Run Errands
* Invite them over for a meal or a child-friendly event/outing
* House Cleaning
* Lawn Care
* Car Maintenance
* Transportation
* Volunteer with Office Moms & Dads
* Respite
* Foster
* Adopt

(*) Jason Johnson is the author of ReFraming Foster Care & Everyone Can Do Something

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Last revised: September 27, 2018