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Care Bags Foundation

Annie Wignall founded the Care Bags Foundation in 2000, when she was just 11 years old!
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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.

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    tastycupcakes
    tastycupcakes posted in Friends:
    Well, my advice is to talk to her about it. Tell her how you feel about the matter. If she does not want to stop bullying the other girls that you are friends with, break off the friendship. I hope this helped with your problem!
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    draaculagirl
    draaculagirl posted in Friends:
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    InternetOwl
    InternetOwl posted in Friends:
    Well, I hope you're not friends with her whilst she's doing that.  You should confront her about it, tell her how's she's been acting and how you hate it. If it comes down to it tell an adult or someone you trust and see if they can help you. If it never gets better you should try moving on and ignoring her. It's not the best advice, but there's not a lot you can do.
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    InternetOwl
    InternetOwl posted in Style:
    Tbh, if she says they're too short or too tight, she's probably not going to change her mind on that. However, there are tonnes of clothes out there that are really cute without being tight or short. Like jumpers, for one. If you really do need new clothes, you should try and persuade her by telling her about your old clothes, like if they don't fit any more or if you don't have many left. Start small though, just by asking for new clothes that aren't too tight (there are loads of T-shirts and stuff out there) and slowly ask for bigger things like tighter clothes or jewellery.  Though some parents just don't like their kids wearing things like make-up or clothes that are too short, because they often feel the kid is too young to be wearing things that show a lot (which some kids often are). And, I don't think you can change their minds about that, as cool as it would seem. 
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    draaculagirl
    draaculagirl posted in Friends:
    ok and tell her that my dance is beatiful. that i am beutiful. and if you don't like it than you can just leave.  if she was truely your bff she would not bully you like this
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