There are currently more than 15,000 kids in foster care in Pennsylvania. Every day children are transitioned into new homes with a few items thrown in a trash bag. Our placement bags are given to every foster agency we can connect with who will share our vision in ensuring that kids are able to take a bag of new belongings with them when they change homes. So far, we’ve had the privilege of collecting and distributing more than 16,000 FLP placement bags throughout 4 states. This holiday season, would you take the time to shop and pack for a bag of our requested items for a child in need?
Thank you for joining with us in our mission!
Please note hours and location for bag drop offs this year.
Please drive around to the back of our building and follow signs to drop off bags.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Announced in November 2022.
Please see What Goes Into a Bag?, above.
Please be sure your bag contains each item on our required contents list.
We do ask that you do not include religious books or items that have monkeys on them.
BAG SIGN UPS: Posted in late fall, 2022.
Please sign up for the specific bag(s) for which you are shopping.
VOLUNTEER: Posted in late fall, 2022
Please don’t forget to put liquids (body wash) in a ziploc.
Yes, for our placement bags all items need to be new with tags left on.
No, we will check all bags and place tags on them.
Please remember: no food, scissors or razors!
Gift card donations (Visa, Target, Pizza, Chick Fil A, etc.) are also appreciated to give to foster families in times of transition. Please place gift cards in a ziplock and leave them inside your FLP bag.
Gift cards can also be mailed to: Foster Love Project PO Box 8779, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Each year more than 15,000 kids are served through the foster care system in Pennsylvania alone. Many of these kids are taken to a foster home with no belongings or a few items thrown into a trash bag. The Foster Love Project provides placement bags to be given to kids at time of a placement. It’s important to give them a good quality bag to reassure them that they or their belongings are NOT disposable.
As we head into the holiday season, this makes a wonderful “give back” project as a family! It also provides opportunities to talk with your kids about what foster care means and how they can reach out to youth in foster care.
Please only donate complete bags! Consider teaming up with a friend to do it together if needed. This makes a wonderful group project for your moms group, scout troop, sports team, church small group or social network.
Please do not purchase bags from Five Below because of their poor quality zipper. Other items from there are no issue, they have a great blanket/stuffed animal combo for $5!
Please avoid items with monkeys on them because of racial connotations.
Thank you for being a part of this special project! Kids in foster care face challenges that many of us cannot fathom. We want them to know they are not forgotten, but we love them and care about their future.
We are grateful for our foster agency partners! Our agency partners play an important role in helping us to further our mission and provide children experiencing foster care with much needed items. Our agency partners include:
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Our volunteers are a core part of loving our local foster youth. By dedicating your time to the Foster Love Project, you can help provide the support needed to help kids thrive!
We welcome families (children 16+), church groups, corporate groups, sports teams and more to help us sort donations, stock inventory, clean, and other miscellaneous tasks.
As a volunteer with Foster Love Project, your donation of time and labor will help make a major difference in the lives of children who are experiencing foster care.
At Foster Love Project, our volunteers are our most valuable asset, providing us with the assistance we need to ensure we reach the youth within the community and beyond that are in need of our services. No matter how much time you can give as a volunteer, every effort counts toward helping us achieve our mission of providing care and dignity to children experiencing foster care.