Duffel Bag Project

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The average foster care child moves 7 times before the age of 18. Most of the time, these children are moving place to place carrying only a garbage bag. Our goal is to eliminate trash bags as an acceptable form of luggage for the foster children and teens we serve. Most times when children are taken from their home, they don’t have necessities such as a toothbrush or change of clothes. They are alone and in need of a friend in their stuffed animal pal.

This will be an ongoing project due to the fact that we are constantly receiving new referrals from Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Judges. Our goal is to eliminate trash bags as an acceptable form of luggage for the children we serve. Sponsor a child for only $25! Your donation is tax deductible! Watch our SNJ Today Special on our duffel bag project here!


Wish List:

Duffel Bag
Stuffed animal
Blanket (prefer smaller fleece throws)
Hygiene Products: shampoo, toothbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, brush, etc. (Regular or trial size is accepted)
* All items MUST be new.

Donation Drop off locations:
Cooks Cleaners
1163 Shiloh Pike
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

OR

Lincoln Plaza 3722
East Landis Ave. Suite D
Vineland, NJ 08361

 

or schedule a pick up with Hillary Nichols at Hillary.casaofcgs@gmail.com

 


Court Room Waiting Room Donations

More and more, children are attending the court proceedings in an effort to involve them in the decisions happening around them. The judges like to hear from the children during permanency hearings to get an idea of what they are comfortable with and what they’d like to see happen going forward.

The problem is, there is no telling exactly what time a case will be heard by the judge and many times, the children will be sitting, waiting for hours before they are given a chance to appear. The children and caretakers are usually not prepared for the long wait and get hungry, thirsty and bored. CASA of CGS would like to help make the visits to court a little more bearable for the children by providing healthy snacks, drinks, books and toys for them.

Suggested items for donations are:
Fruit snacks
Trail mix
Crackers
Granola bars
Juice boxes
Iced tea
Age-appropriate books
Coloring/Activity books
Crayons