Archive for June, 2010


Duffel Bag Drive

Thousands of foster care children as well as those in institutions carry their worldly possessions in a black garbage bag as they move from home to home.  Having to carry all they own in a trash bag inadvertently sends foster children the message that they (and their belongings) are merely trash.  Our dream is to provide each of these children with the dignity of owning a duffel bag to carry their belongings in. 

Get involved by donating your new or gently used duffel bags, large backpacks or kid-sized suitcases (I’m sorry, but large suitcases can’t be accepted because of a lack of storage space).  Donated bags can be designed for kids or they can be regular, plain bags (the kids range in age from very young to teenagers).

Donated bags will be distributed to ECFA (Evangelical Child and Family Agency), Allendale Association and Lydia Home Association.  ECFA provides many services, including foster care, adoption services and counseling.  Allendale Association provides care, education, treatment and advocacy for troubled children and youth, many of whom come to them through DCFS.  Finally, Lydia Home provides foster care services and runs a program called Safe Families which provides emergency care for children whose families are in crisis.  We would encourage you to learn more about all three of these great organizations!

Below, we’ve listed our current duffel bag drop-off locations.  We are adding new locations daily, so check back often.  Pick-up may also be able to be arranged, so please contact us if you don’t see a location listed near you!

Duffel Bag Drop-Off Locations

Arlington Heights:                                            
1405 S. Highland Ave.
(Leave bags on porch if no one is home).

Hampshire:
2670 Cameron Drive
(Leave bags on porch if no one is home).

Bartlett:
135 S. Berteau Ave.
(Leave bags on porch if no one is home).

Schaumburg:
St. Peter Lutheran Church
202 E. Schaumburg Road

Crystal Lake:
Willow Creek Community Church – McHenry Campus
220 Exchange Drive, Suite A

Mundelein:
1420 Huntington Dr.
(Leave bags on porch if no one is home).

Chicago -Tribune Tower:
Contact jharding@tribune.com for drop-off information.

Huntley:
Reebok Outlet – Huntley Prime Outlets
11800 Factory Shops Blvd
Receive a 40% Discount on bags purchased at Reebok Outlet for donation!

Buffalo Grove:
The UPS Store
318 Half Day Rd (Woodland Commons shopping center at corner of Half Day & Buffalo Grove)

South Barrington:
There is no official drop-off location in South Barrington, but we can arrange to meet at Willow Creek Community Church to collect bags from you during normal service times.

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We are a group of average people who are hoping to make a difference in the world.  Our goal is to raise awareness, funds and donations for the many different local and global causes that we feel passionate about.  We are hoping that, as a group of like-minded individuals, we can make a greater impact than we would each be able to achieve alone.  We hope you will join us in our efforts!

One person can make a difference, but what greater change could we bring with Many Helping Hands?

This blog will be used to help spread the word about our ongoing projects.  Check back often to see what’s new.