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Backpacks and items for the DA Blodgett Care Bag Drive
Backpacks and items for the DA Blodgett Care Bag Drive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Holiday gifts often means getting what you want. But some children in West Michigan are hoping for the simplest of needs this winter. Luckily, there’s a way you can help.

The DA Blodgett Care Bag Drive supports children in Kent County. When children are removed from their homes due to child abuse or neglect, they generally do not have time to pack their clothing and belongings. The goal of the Care Bag Drive is to make the transition to a foster family as supportive as possible by giving them a care bag this holiday season.

Children receiving Care Bags will get a backpack filled with personal care items, clothing, and some comfort items. If you would like to help, you can help by donating (items needed for ages six to 10):

  • Two pair socks (or package)
  • Two pair underwear (or package)
  • Sweat suit or pajamas
  • Backpacks/duffel bags
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Comb/brush
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste/brushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Age-appropriate toys, stuffed animals, games, or other fun items

Volunteers will be packing Care Bags and making cards at the Kumon Math and Reading Center at 4318 Plainfield Suite A on Saturday, November 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to attend with parents to help out. You can also help by making a financial donation here.

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