Founded in 2008, Bags of Love is committed to helping children who are struggling with the damaging effects of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness. Provided at no cost, a ‘bag of love’ is filled with age-appropriate necessities and comfort items including an outfit, socks and underwear, pajamas, toiletries, school supplies, books, toys and a handmade quilt or fleece blanket. Our goal is to provide a ray of hope and vital dignity for each child during this time of crisis. The need in our community is significant; 21.6% of Lane County children live below the poverty line and 4.7% of Lane County students are homeless. These are staggering statistics, and as a result, the demand for our services continues to grow annually. Over the past seven years we have provided a Bag of Love to nearly 9,000 children living in urban and rural Lane County; over 1,800 were distributed last year alone. Bags of Love is staffed almost exclusively by dedicated volunteers who sew bags and quilts; sort donations of clothing, fabric, books and toys; assist in the office; help at fundraising events and assemble the bags.
Giving Kids In Crisis Hope