Our Founder, Di Barrong, had a dream–to comfort children removed from their homes due to neglect, abuse, illness or poverty. Her vision became a reality when she established Bags of Love in 2008. What started as a collection of quilts and gently used children’s clothing in Di’s bedroom was moved to a shared space at Pearl Buck Center. Bags of Love soon outgrew that space and moved into its own facility in 2009. In 2012 the organization moved to a larger warehouse at 710 Commercial Street in Eugene, and in 2019 it moved to its current location at 1052 Green Acres Rd.
We now work with over 50 agency and school locations throughout Lane County and beyond. Bags of Love distributed more than 2,200 bags in 2018, all at no cost to our agency partners. This is accomplished by our wonderful team of volunteers who donate thousands of hours of their time each year. While we are grateful to have accomplished so much in the past few years, we are always striving to increase the number of children we serve, and in turn, improve our community.
Our main goal is to be able to produce and deliver a “Bag of Love” to every child in our service-area who is in need. In order to meet this production goal, we will need to increase our team of volunteers and our community outreach, as well as increase our funding. This is where you can help! Sign up to be part of our volunteer team, donate to our cause, or spread the word about our great organization.
Our Inspiration for Bags of Love: Jeffery A. Barrong (1966-2007), whose dedicated work for homeless children became our continuing vision.