Each year, Child Protective Services (CPS) removes over 17,000 children from their homes in Texas alone. When these children arrive at foster homes, they often arrive with nothing more than the clothes that they are wearing. On Saturday July 22nd, you can help make a huge difference in the life of one of these foster children while having fun with your whole family and entering to win great prizes at the Carrying Hope “Hope Pack Drive.” Come bring a “Hope Pack” to the Browning Hangar/Mueller on July 22nd from 9am-12pm. The first 150 people to donate Hope Packs for Foster Children will also receive a free family pass to The Thinkery. (One per household.)
After dropping off your Hope Pack, you will be treated to free snow cones from Kona Ice, a free family workout from Stroller Strides and fun children’s activities like face painting, balloon animals and games. Everyone who donates a Hope Pack will also be entered to win items from Kendra Scott, Alamo Drafthouse, ABGB, Whole Earth Provision Co., P.Terry’s and more
A Hope Pack is a backpack filled with age-appropriate essentials and comfort items. Examples include:
- Stuffed animals
Carrying Hope’s mission is to provide a Hope Pack for every child entering the foster care system. When you donate a Hope Pack, you provide comfort to foster children during their time of crisis and allow new foster parents to spend time bonding with, and comforting the child instead of shopping for necessities.
To create a Hope Pack, visit carryinghope.com and choose the age and gender of foster child you would like to help. The packing lists are broken down by gender and ages from newborn to 16 years old so all kids will receive the items that will best help their transition to a new home. Get more information at carryinghope.com and by following Carrying Hope on Facebook and Instagram.
What: Kids Helping Kids Hope Pack Drive
When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 9 am – noon
Where: Browning Hangar at Mueller
About the author: Susanne Kerns is a Writer and Marketing Consultant living in Austin, TX. Her stories have been featured in the several parenting anthologies, including the recently released, “But Did You Die?” You can find her at SusanneKerns.com and at TheDustyParachute.com. Susanne also co-produced this year’s “Listen to Your Mother” show in Austin.