Luggage for Kids

The Tallahassee Police Department and members of the inter-agency work group are teaming up together to provide luggage for foster children in the Big Bend.

It's part of the Luggage for Kids program. Organizers say many kids in foster care don't have their own luggage and are forced to leave some of their belongings behind when they move because of it.

"Often times when they're in transition, from one home to the next, they leave their personal belongings behind. And Show Cap, along with TPD and the inter-agency work group, We wanted to make sure these kids have a sense of belonging," says Investigator Scherri Bryant with TPD.

Bryant says they are looking for any new or slightly used luggage that's in good condition. Donations can be dropped off at the Tallahassee Police Department.

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  • by JB on Jan 7, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    Thanks for letting the community know about this effort. I'm gathering suitcases and other sturdy travel accessories for the area's foster children. I'm also passing the word around to other friends to donate toward the cause.
  • by awesome on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:12 PM
    This is a great thing for the children. However, the whole process of moving a child from one foster home to another needs to be revamped to have the case worker who is transporting the children between the homes comes with boxes so the children can take all of their stuff. Right now they live out of papersacks and keep them packed as they never know when they will be told they are moving they are only allowed to take what they have in the sack and are not given time to pack their things. No one should ever have this happen to them. The children are not criminals and should not be treated so poorly where is the compassion for these children? This scars them for life and when they finally get placed in a permanent home they have so much damage they have to be in counseling for a very long time.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:48 PM in reply to awesome
      That would imply that the children actually "own" something. We all know that the foster parents own it all, and the kids are lucky to get a few changes of clothes when they leave one home and go to the next. Many of these kids only get to a permanent home when they move into their first place. Many will never get adopted.
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