why the loving luggage project?
As we were planning our wedding, we couldn't think of anything we needed. So, instead of creating a gift registry, we decided to find a way to serve people. Because Julia grew up in foster care, it only made sense to give to foster youth.
Julia's First Night in Foster Care
Like most foster kids, Julia has vivid memories of shoving her belongings into trash bags on her first night in foster care. Through 16 transitions over 10 years in foster care, she only ever had trash bags for her clothes, and we never want any foster kid to have that experience.
Trashing Trash Bags
Most kids in foster care transition between placements by putting their things in trash bags. Because most transitions are abrupt, trash bags are often readily available. But, no one wants to put their belongings in trash bags -- trash bags are for trash.
We decided on luggage on purpose. We want to give foster kids something (other than a bag) that is new, durable, and belongs to them. Luggage with wheels makes moving easier for everyone, especially smaller kids and/or kids with physical disabilities.
What's in the luggage?
We're filling the suitcases with things that will hopefully make foster youth more comfortable even if their environment changes. Books, blankets, and toothbrushes can go a long way in easing their transition.