Bags4kids

Helping children...one bag at a time

California City, CA   |  www.bags4kids.org

Mission

The mission of Bags4Kids is to be a voice for the foster youth whose inner struggles go unheard. To stop the pain, extend a kindness, deserve their trust and restore their capacity to believe they haven't been forgotten. To remind them that they can be loved, even by a stranger, one bag at a time.

Ruling year info

2003

Exec Chief and founder

Ms. LaJuana Moser

Vice Chairman

Mr. Thomas Howard

Main address

P. O. Box 2234

California City, CA 93504-0234 USA

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EIN

42-1567374

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bags4kids provides dignity and comfort to the children they serve during a scary time in their lives. When they have lost their belongings and have to begin again-bags4kids provides them with new items they will need when going onto their new home. It could be a foster home, a relatives home or even a new home after a fire has taken their home. There are many situations in which bags4kids helps these children and their families. By providing these comfort bags we also help teachers, police officers and social workers show these children that others do care about them. It makes their job a little brighte

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Comfort Bags for displaced children

For a moment, imagine stepping into the shoes of a foster child. You have just been taken from your home, your family, your friends, and everything you know. A stranger puts you in a car headed for an unknown place filled with unfamiliar people and things. Leaving everything behind, you are left with absolutely nothing. No warm hugs or teddy bears to take comfort in, no clean clothes to change into, and often times, not even a toothbrush - just the clothes on your back.

You could be waiting for hours at a local police station or social worker's office before being moved by another stranger into another unfamiliar office or even a temporary foster home. At this time, you are terrified by your fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of your future. You have no books to read or a journal to write in to distract yourself from your scared thoughts or the pitying faces and whispers of the strangers that surround you. Now, imagine experiencing such intense fear, solitude, distress, and sadness when you are ONLY 4 years old.

Experiences like these are not just stories. Experiences like these are real children facing incredibly confusing and terrifyingly real circumstances. Experiences like these are the reasons that Bags4kids was founded - to provide some form of comfort to the scared and distressed children left with nothing after being removed from their homes and families.

Since its founding in 2002, Bags4kids has distributed over 27,000 bags to children, all filled with age/gender-appropriate items designed to comfort and entertain. Examples of these items are personal hygiene items, books to read or color, crayons, stuffed animals, school supplies, clothes, shoes, games, and blankets. These comfort bags are a blessing and allow for these children to have their own familiar belongings upon arrival at their new home.

Population(s) Served

Over the years Bags4kids has added new programs. We have collection drives (and purchase some) of these items and then give them to foster children, head start preschools, low income families, schools and social workers to pass out.

Population(s) Served

Bags4kids gives much needed baby items to Social workers, new mom's in rehab and families in need.

Population(s) Served

Bags4kids helps aquire clothes, shoes, hygiene items and small household items for victims starting over.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our biggest goal is to purchase a building in Los Angeles County so that social workers from Los Angeles and the Antelope Valley may come to us to get the items their client need at any time day or night.
Daily our goal is to stay open and never turn anyone away that needs our help.

Finding foundations that have large capacity grants and smaller ones in which we can purchase the supplies we need daily.

To continue to get the word out to the public and share with them how we help. To get the community to help also and keep bags4kids in the public eye.

When bags4kids began we only gave "comfort bags". Over the year we have added 5 new programs which helps more people, more families, more agencies.

Financials

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Bags4kids

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

MS LaJuana Moser

Founder

Term: 2002 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Thomas Howard

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Term: 2010 -

LaJuana Moser

Patricia Pennington

Tom Howard

Danielle Brook

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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