“Sweet Sneakers”

The “Care Bags” project has provided over 275 bags
of clothing and personal items to the young girls
who are placed within the Adelphoi Organization.
I am so proud of all we do to help them.
When I receive their hand written notes of thanks,
my heart is reassured that we are doing a good thing.

Recently I have come to learn that several of these
young ladies are coming in barefoot.
Just the thought that a young girl does
not own a pair of shoes is more than I can even imagine,

That is how “Sweet Sneakers” came about.
If we donated one pair of slightly worn or new
tennis shoes that were just sitting in our closets,
we can give some dignity back to a young girl
who has gone through unthinkable heartache and pain.
I brought a pair in this week and this particular
young lady had them on her little feet in seconds.
The smile on her face was all the thanks I needed.

If you think you can help,
just message me. All sizes needed.
Thank you – from the bottom of my heart.
Claudia

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CARE BAGS❀ UPDATE

JANUARY 2016

Every time I put together a group of Care Bags❀,
I record the number of each item used,
what I need to replenish my supplies,
and the total to date.
I was surprised to see that I had reached
205 Care Bags❀. Wow! That tells me,
that 205 young girls have been helped by this project.
While I am very aware that we are providing
something necessary and greatly appreciated,
I also feel a sense of sadness that the need continues.
In fact, it seems to grow but
so does the help I receive from Adelphoi.
They have been incredibly supportive and recently put out
a press release highlighting our Care Bags❀ project.
I couldn’t be more proud.

Over the past year, Adelphoi has also
provided me with some much needed storage space
in one of their facilities. Not only did it
give me the opportunity to move a large amount
of inventory out of my home,
but I was able to create a more organized, efficient,
and less labor intense work area.
This new Care Bags❀ storage space is also located
closer to the Adelphoi girls homes
which makes distribution much more convenient.

Two weeks ago, I received a thank-you note
from one of the girls who received a Care Bag.
I haven’t met her yet, but I feel as though
I already know her. Her words were sincere, sweet,
and extremely appreciative. Just knowing that
this bag of ‘things’ made her feel special and loved,
makes it all worthwhile.
~I also want to thank everyone who has donated to this cause.
It is truly appreciated. ♡

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CARE BAGS ♡

The ‘CARE BAG’ project was created for the young girls who are brought into the Adelphoi Placement homes. During my first few months working with these young ladies, I became aware that many of them are brought into the facility with nothing more than the clothing they are wearing.

During one of my visits, I noticed a very quiet girl, sitting alone,
who hadn’t been there the week before.
After class I had an opportunity to speak with her.
Like many of the other’s; her story broke my heart.
She was brought into the facility in the middle of the night
following a very dangerous situation at her home.
She was barely dressed.
The staff had to scramble to find her clothes.
I knew I had to do something.
This should never happen.

After a good bit of planning CARE BAGS❀
was created.
Upon admission, each girl receives a bag of clothing and
personal hygiene items.

The contents are for them to keep along with the bag,
many I sew personally.

I make sure they have clean under garments,
a t-shirt, warm sweat pants, and cozy hoodie.
They receive sox, slippers, a journal,
and everything to keep themselves clean.
I also write a personal note and tuck it into the bag.
I want them to know that there really are people
that care about them.
So very often, they have no one.

When the girls come to the facility
with some of their own clothes,
I supply a toiletry bag for them.
It contains all the personal items
they may need.
I also supply a cute little bag that
is theirs to keep.

These placement facilities are a part of the
Adelphoi Village Homes in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
The girls range in age from 13 to 19.
After getting to know them
how could I turn away?
It is impossible.
I have received countless letters
from them, telling me their life stories.
I will carry them in my heart for the
rest of my life.
I pray for them every day.

I will update this page from time to time,
with stories, photos, and news.
Thank you for your prayers and donations.
They are very much appreciated.

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