Four Oaks is excited to partner with Iowa BIG to hold a luggage drive for children in foster care.
One of the biggest needs for children in foster care is having something to put their personal belongings in when they are being placed in a family foster home.
After learning about this ongoing issue, a team of high schoolers from Iowa BIG joined together to set up a luggage drive in partnership with Four Oaks and area businesses.
“A lot of foster kids bring around their belongings in trash bags, and they get moved around super quick, so they just pack all their stuff up in a trash bag. We kind of wanted to find a way to get foster kids something on their own that they would have with them through all of the houses they go to,” Iowa BIG student Grace Hobson said in an interview with KCRG.
The drive launched on March 29 and runs until April 29. We are collecting items like suitcases, duffle bags, and backpacks.
After the drive is over, Iowa BIG plans to host a pop-up shop where youth in foster care will have the chance to pick out luggage and have something they can call their own.
Donation bins are set up at several local businesses in Eastern Iowa, including Next Page Books and Rawlicious, several McGrath Auto dealerships in Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha, and Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely.
Larger donations can also be dropped off at the Iowa BIG office in Cedar Rapids.