Target: Anna Scoggins, Founder of Duffel Bag of Hope
Goal: Commend teen’s community service project that helps children in foster care
As an eighth grader, Anna Scoggins founded Duffel Bag of Hope, a community service project that assists foster care children in transit by providing them with a bag full of personal care goods. Now, three years later, Anna, along with other volunteers, continues to fill backpacks, diaper, and duffel bags for foster children of all ages.
Scoggins once listened to a child in foster care tell her how when children are suddenly relocated from their homes, they are forced to simply toss their belongings into a plastic bag, adding to the trauma of the overall situation. It was this story, from one child to another, that prompted Scoggins to do her part.
Scoggins and her team of volunteers recently packed 75 bags filled with goods like baby wipes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lip balm, feminine hygiene products, ponytail holders, dental floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste for the children of Madison County, Illinois. The bags are then delivered to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services offices to be dispersed to children in need. Over two and a half years of service, Scoggins and Duffel Bag of Hope have donated 369 bags to children in the foster care system.
According to the advocacy group Children’s Rights, on any given day in the country there are approximately 400,000 children in foster care. The most innocent and vulnerable individuals need all the support they can get, and Scoggins is going beyond the call to help. Thank Scoggins and her volunteers for doing their part for the foster care children in her community.
Dear Anna Scoggins and Duffel Bag of Hope,
I would like to thank you for your efforts to help the most vulnerable people in your community, children in foster care. You listened with compassion to the experiences of a child recently put into your relative’s foster care, and saw both a need and an opportunity for you to give back.
Your work to provide children with diaper bags, backpacks, and duffel bags filled with everyday basics is inspiring and does so much good to children who have so much deal with. What makes your work so special is that you, yourself are a child who answered the call to help other children.
Thank you for your efforts, which have presently amounted to 369 bags that have fulfilled the day-to-day needs of foster children of all ages. Please continue your work in providing foster children in transit with some stability in an otherwise tumultuous time in their lives.
[Your Name Here]
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