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Love Bag

The Love Bag program was created to bring a sense of comfort to children during frightening, unstable times in their lives. Whether these children are facing foster care, abuse prevention and therapeutic centers, financial hardship or other unforeseen circumstances, even the smallest gift can lift their spirits.

Through the program, volunteers fill bags with new, age-appropriate personal items such as blankets, pajamas, bottles and books. These bags are then distributed to children in need. Standard types of bags are available, but may be altered for specific needs.

Infant bags (newborn–18 months):

  • Blanket
  • Sleeper
  • Bib
  • Pacifier
  • Bottle
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Small toy (such as teething ring, keys or beads)

Toddler/pre-teen bags (sizes 2–14):

  • Blanket
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Pull-ups (size 2)
  • Toothbrush
  • Brush for girls/comb for boys
  • Book (age appropriate)

Teen bags:

  • Blanket
  • T-shirt
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Brush for girls/comb for boys

How can you help?
Individuals, companies and community organizations (such as schools, churches and scout troops) can get involved in a number of ways:

Organize a collection drive for items to fill bags or for monetary donations:

  • Select the type of bag for which to collect items
  • Communicate with your group and with the Love Bag program manager about the upcoming collection
  • Place informational posters and advertising in high traffic areas such as a cafeteria, entryway, bulletin board or elevator (contact the Love Bag program manager for collateral)
  • Place labeled collection boxes in central locations for easy donation drop-off

Assemble the bags:

  • Sort the items you receive by gender and size, removing all packaging and price tags
  • Determine if additional items are needed and shop for those items
  • Arrange items on six-foot tables, organizing them by gender and size

Sew items for the bags:

Sewing, quilting and crocheting are hobbies that can become great volunteer opportunities. Many items within Love Bags can be handmade, bringing a much more personal touch to the donations.

We accept any type of blanket made from a soft material and with a finished edge (examples: tied edge, trimmed/bound edge, knitted/crocheted or decoratively stitched/corded. Baby blankets should be sized at 30″ x 40″ and other children’s blankets should be sized at 50″ x 60.”

Learn more
For more information, please email the Love Bag program manager.