Can you imagine having to flee your home or foster home without any of your belongings - not even your toothbrush? If you're lucky, you've never had to worry about this happening to you. But there are a lot of kids who come from troubled families and foster homes who have had to leave their home, without warning, and with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Care Bags Foundation - The Start
That's why, when Annie Wignall found out about these unfortunate incidents in January of 2000, she decided to do something about it. Annie, who was just 11 at the time, couldn't imagine not having her own toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo or soap, and saw the need to reach out to these kids. She came up with the idea of filling beautiful fabric Care Bags with brand new items that had been donated to the cause. The Care Bags Foundation is the result of Annie's big heart and dedication.
Care Bags Foundation - The Cause
The Care Bags Foundation is a legal, nonprofit, charitable organization that has earned national and statewide recognition. The Care Bags Foundation has inspired a ton of businesses and volunteers to donate items and 32 other people/groups have started similar Care Bag projects in their communities. The organization's mission is "to provide Care Bags filled with new essential, helpful, fun, safe and age appropriate items for children/youth (ages baby-18 years) who are in need." Most recently, Annie's organization sent out Care Bags to kids affected by [kwlink]Hurricane Katrina[/kwlink], which was one of the worst natural disasters in North America that left more than a million people homeless.
Care Bags Foundation - A Little Help From Your Friends
Because the Care Bags Foundation is international, they receive help from international agencies. This includes Airline Ambassadors and Orphans of the World, who hand-deliver the Care Bags to needy kids in other countries.
More about Annie and the Care Bags Foundation, right here!
Spacekitty14: I understand your situation. I have family members who have varying degrees of autism. I understand that it seems unfair to you that more attention goes to your brothers, but you have to remember that they didn't ask for this. They probably don't want to deal with the problems that they are facing. As far as giving up certain types of food, those are just sacrifices that a lot of people have to make. Just try to learn more about their condition and see what you can do to help, then you won't have to feel "left out" or "ignored" by your parents. Just be patient and understand the situation. I hope that all goes well for you and your family
Both of my brothers have autism. I am 12 and a girl. I also have a 3 y/o sister. It always seems like my parents pay more attention to them then me. I don't want to tell them about it because they will think I'm being selfish. But i can't do ANYTHING fun. My little brother is allergic to half the ingredients in most candies, so I can never go trick-or-treating. And I have not had eggs since I was 3. I always have to do everything by myself. How do I deal with this?