Buddy bags make transition easier for foster kids

Buddy bags make transition easier for foster kids

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A collection drive starts in D'Iberville this week to make life just a little bit better for children in Mississippi's foster care system.

One80 Fitness will help create Buddy Bags. These bags contain new and gender-neutral fleece blankets, stuffed animals, hygiene kits and activity books. To fill the next 100 bags, organizers need people to donate blankets and hygiene kits.

The hygiene kits include toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, lotion, shampoo/conditioner, and a comb/brush.

"We have kids come in, it's a very traumatic experience. They come in, they have nothing to their name. If they come with anything, it's usually like a little grocery bag full of ill-fitting clothes," said Brandy Hamilton.

Donation may be dropped off at the One80 Fitness complex in D'Iberville until 9 p.m. on July 31.Those who donate will receive a coupon for a free meal at the Chick-Fil-A in the Promenade.

A Buddy Bags website says this program started as a dream of a foster mother on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  She watched foster children come into their home with nothing more than a grocery bag filled with ill-fitting clothes and a few age-inappropriate toys.  After looking into other charities, she knew she needed to focus on providing comfort bags to children entering into the foster care system.

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