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FLP Bag Drive

Our next FLP bag drive will run November 12 – December 14, 2024.

The Mission

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 FLP 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 20,000 FLP  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!

Bag Drive Hours & Location

Please note hours and location for bag drop offs BEGINNING NOVEMBER 12, 2024

  • 463 S Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
  • Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursdays, 3:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Saturdays, 9:30am – 11:30am

​Please drive around to the back of our building and follow signs to drop off bags.

What Goes Into a Bag?

Baby Bag:
0-23 Months
  • Zipped Diaper Bag
  • One Pack or Onesies
  • Footed Pajamas
  • Socks
  • A Small Blanket
  • Stuffed Animal
  • Baby Board Book
  • Baby Soap (in Ziploc bag)
  • Washcloths
Kids Bag:
Ages 2-12
  • Duffel Bag or Large Backpack
  • One T-shirt
  • One Sweatpants/Leggings
  • Socks
  • A Small Blanket
  • Stuffed Animal
  • A Book
  • Toothpaste Toothbrush
  • Bath Puff
  • Body Wash (in Ziploc bag)
Teen Bag:
Ages 13-18
  • Duffel Bag or Large Backpack
  • One T-shirt
  • One Sweatpants/Leggings(adult size S, M, L, or XL)
  • Socks
  • A Comfy Blanket
  • Book or Journal
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Bath Puff
  • Body Wash (in Ziploc bag)
  • Deodorant
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Bag Drive Information

DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Bag Drive Hours & Location

Please note hours and location for bag drop offs BEGINNING NOVEMBER 12, 2024

463 S Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm
Saturdays, 9:30am-11:30am

​Please drive around to the back of our building and follow signs to drop off bags.

Please see “What Goes Into a Bag” listed above.

Please be sure your bag contains each item on our required contents list. A printable list is available here.

We do ask that you do not include religious books or items that have monkeys on them.

BAG SIGN UPS:Available in the Fall of 2024

Here is our recommended book list – look for diversity in characters!

VOLUNTEER: Coming Soon!

FLYER:Coming in the Fall of 2024

Please don’t forget to put liquids (body wash/hygiene products) in a ziploc.

For all list makers: a printable checklist can be printed here.

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

Give Back to Kids Experiencing Foster Care

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.

Foster Agency Partners

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:

  • Adelphoi Village
  • Adoption Connection
  • A Second Chance, Inc.
  • Auberle
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Butler CYS
  • Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
  • Diakon Adoption and Foster Care
  • Every Child Inc.
  • Greater Valley Community Services, Inc.,
  • Gwen’s Girls
  • Havin (Armstrong County)
  • Pittsburgh Children, Youth & Families (CYF)
  • Pressley Ridge
  • Project Star
  • The Bair Foundation
  • The Center for Victims
  • The Children’s Home
  • Three Rivers Adoption Council (TRAC)
  • Three Rivers Youth, Hope Center
  • Try Again Homes
  • Victims Outreach (Voice)
  • Washington Co. CYS
  • Waynesburg CYS
  • Wesley Spectrum
  • Westmoreland County
  • Women’s Center of Beaver Co.
  • WV Department of Health and Human Resources
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