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 29 agencies, primarily in the Eugene-Springfield area, which service 44 agency providers. We distribute over 1,000 bags each year. Our newsletter goes out to over 600 people, organizations and businesses each month. While we are grateful to have accomplished so much in the past five 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 provide and deliver 300 bags each and every month to children in the community by 2015. 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.