Helping Children in Crisis,
One Bag of Love at a Time
Bags of Love provides necessities and comfort items to children who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty or homelessness.
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In 2021, more than 3,400 local children received a Bag of Love.
A Bag of Love is a care package for a child in need – a child in poverty, moving into foster care, or one without a home at all.
It provides a sense of security and comfort, a “security blanket” to hold onto at what may be the worst point in his or her young life.
It is a ray of hope in a time of crisis.
partner agencies, school districts, other nonprofits, and government agencies
warehouse volunteers, sewers, and quilters
“Thank you for the bags you sent to my family. It’s the nicest thing that has happened to me, and for that I will be forever grateful. I will pass it on and help when I see families in need.”
– A Bags of Love recipient
What’s in a Bag?
Each bag is customized for the age and gender of the child and includes a complete outfit, socks and underwear, toiletries, quilt or fleece blanket, toys and books, a stuffed animal, and other necessities and comfort items.
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Who Receives a Bag?
Bags of Love supports children who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty, or homelessness. The need is there: Over 21% of Lane County children live below the poverty line, and nearly 57% of students are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, and 5.1% of students in our county are homeless.
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How do Children Get a Bag?
More than 87 agencies request Bags of Love for the needy children who come to them for help. The bags are provided at no cost to either the agencies or the families who receive them. Agency partners include Head Start, Lane County WIC, most Lane County school districts, and more.
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The Bags of Love Story
For 14 years, Bags of Love has supported children of Lane County suffering from abuse, neglect, poverty, or homelessness.
In our founding year, we distributed 25 Bags of Love to children in need. By the end of 2021, that number had increased to more than 3,400.
How Can I Help?
Bags of Love exists because of supporters like you. Last year, volunteers gave over 28,000 hours to help local kids in crisis.
- Sew bags or quilts
- Put together bags, sort donations, or help in the warehouse
- Hold a donation drive for essential items at your business or organization
- Organize a bottle drive benefitting Bags of Love
- Donations of new or gently used clothing, toys, or books
- Cash donations to purchase new socks, underwear, pajamas, and toiletries
- Individual or corporate contributions
- Donations or sponsorships for our annual auction