“Picture this: A young child is being told by police officer and a social worker that she has to leave (her home) with them,” Jeri Normandin (pictured inset) wrote. “… They quickly gather some of her things into a trash bag and take her from her home.
“We can do better. Children’s division workers do all that they can to help these children, but they have so many kids, and not a lot of funds. We at Starfish Minis Daycare are working with Together We Rise (which helps children in foster care) … to raise money so we can provide Clatsop County Children’s Division ‘sweet cases.’
“… These duffel bags will be decorated with fun designs and encouragement, filled with a pillow pet/stuffed animal, coloring books/crayons, blanket and hygiene kit that will belong to them, and go with them, throughout their journey.”
Jeri hopes to raise at least $2,775 to make 100 “sweet cases.” Anyone can donate at tinyurl.com/sweetbags
“These children deserve to know their emotional needs are just as important as their physical needs,” she added. “We can show them they are special and cared for by putting these bags in their hands.
“Let’s show them they deserve more than a trash bag to carry their most precious belongings … because a child’s belongings are never trash.”