Sweet Cases for Foster Kids
I came across a group that is doing great programs for kids in Foster Care! What got my attention was Sweet Cases – which are new duffel bags filled with essentials like a teddy bear, a blanket, hygiene kit and much more for when kids enter foster care.
So instead of carrying around their belongings in a plastic bag, they have a new duffel bag with some cool items.
What is even better is that this organization is called Together We Rise and it was started by a boy, Danny Mendoza after he discovered that his 9 year-old cousin was living in a car. He wanted to help but ran into obstacles because he was under the age of 21. Danny became sad after he was denied the ability to help his cousin and youth like his cousin.
Danny then had a vision to create ways to help youth in foster care without becoming a foster parent. After telling others about his vision, he was inspired by encouragement from friends and colleagues to use his ambition to help others and start a new organization. Danny's vision turned reality when he created Together We Rise, now a nation-wide organization changing the way youth experience foster care.
Not only do they pass out these Sweet Cases, but they also provide bicycles to hundreds of teenagers that need help getting to school or work, they have a program where kids in foster care can apply for money for college, and they help kids in foster care with their move to college.
It sounds like a wonderful group and it is national, making a difference for kids in foster care!