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Friday, March 29, 2013

A Case For Dignity

When Noah Jones' parents were training to certify as foster parents in Kentucky, he learned a lot about the harsh realities faced by foster children. When nearly 600 area foster children changed families every year, they carried what few belongings they had in trash bags. At the tender age of ten, little Noah could imagine what that must be like.
"Packing kids' belongings into garbage bags is like telling them that their stuff has no more worth than trash," said Noah.
Noah's sense of compassion compelled him to spearhead an effort with his family to collect suitcases and duffel bags from friends and extended family. Their efforts were rewarded when they were able to collect more than 100 bags in less than two weeks.

Things grew from there. After sending letters to churches and putting ads in local newspapers and on radio stations asking for donations, the family was soon collecting about 500 bags a week. The bags are then given to foster care caseworkers to use as needed. There are now partners in the community who also accept the donations to make giving even easier.

Noah didn't stop there. He now supplies foster children with backpacks filled with donated personal items - shampoo, soap, a journal, and a toy, for example.
"My hope is that by giving the children things that are just theirs, they will feel a little control in the midst of the chaos."
Fifteen counties in Kentucky have pledged to Noah that they will use his bags instead of trash bags.

If you'd like to learn more about Noah's organization, visit http://www.acasefordignity.blogspot.com.

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