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 its present location at 710 Commercial Street, Eugene.
We now work with over 50 agency and school locations throughout Lane County and beyond. Bags of Love will distribute nearly 2,00 bags in 2015, all at no cost to our agency partners. This is accomplished by our wonderful team of volunteers who put in over 11,000 hours per 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.