When children are rescued from horrific situations, they often arrive at their new safe home or foster home with nothing. If they are able to bring along some items, they often have been shoved hastily into a plastic grocery baggy or trash bag. Kids going through such a traumatic time deserve better.
A Purpose Pack is a backpack / diaper bag / container filled with comfort items and essentials intended to help ease the transition for children who have been rescued from trafficking. Our goal is to offer items that a child entering a safe home or emergency foster care would either need or could find comfort in during those first 48 hours in care – you would be amazed at what a soft teddy bear could do for a child in crisis.
Below is a list of the items we would like to have in your complete Purpose Pack.
Please remember donated items must be brand new, never used with tags still on and all of the items in the bag should be for the same age/size/gender of the child indicated on the list.
1 set of sleepers/pajamas (0-6 months)
1 pair of socks
1-2 receiving blankets/swaddling blankets
1 pack of baby wipes
1 stuffed toy
1 bottle set
7 diapers or a small pack (size 1 or 2)
1 set of pacifiers
Most children associate their home with stability, safety, and comfort. As a result, being away from home can cause children anxiety and stress, in addition to the trauma the have experienced. Being away from home can provoke even more feelings of worry and fear, that’s why we put together Comfort Kits for children who are survivors of trafficking.
Having a scientific-backed “anti-anxiety kit” or “calm-down kit” for your child is a great way to remind them that they’re loved while providing them with useful tools to manage their own anxiety. However, keep in mind that children react differently to certain toys/tools, so see what works best for your child.
Comfort Kits are given to children with their Purpose Boxes. When preparing the kits prior to donating, choose one item from each category to the left. Items must be new/unopened and placed in a small basket, container, bucket or box.
Please mark which age group your Comfort Kit is for: 3-5 year old, 6-12 year old, 13-14 year old, 15-17 year old.
When survivors are reunited with a parent or when an aged-out youth is setting up their first apartment, they often start with little to no belongings. To help ease their transition, we provide Grace Boxes (Kitchen Starter Kits & Bed/Bath Starter Kits). These items can easily be purchased at a Dollar Tree / Dollar Store and are a huge encouragement for those who may be just starting out or starting over again! Everything should fit neatly inside a laundry basket.
Purpose Packs and Comfort Kits also allow families to focus solely on a child in those first crucial hours and days, instead of rushing to the store to find things.
If you’re thinking about making a Purpose Pack, Comfort Kit, Grace box or all of the above, we pray you will. You may also donate the items if you choose not to make them on your own. Please browse our supply lists to see the items needed to construct a pack.
(DOWNLOAD SUPPLY LISTS TO PRINT OUT HERE)
Scroll to bottom for drop-off information once you have completed a Purpose Pack, Comfort Kit or Grace Box.
If you are short on time, you can purchase a Purpose Pack here for $75, and designate the age and gender of your choice. Every pack is brimming with adorable comfort items and essentials for a child exiting trafficking, providing them with some much-needed comfort and hope in a moment of crisis.
We understand life happens. You want to help but may not have the time or resources to make a complete Pack, Kit or Box. You can still help by donating one of our most-needed items. We ask that the clothing, household, basic care, and undergarment donations be new and unopened.
*Looking to donate additional items? Or purchase a gift to donate to the kids during the holidays? Or if you aren’t in the local area, visit our AMAZON WISH LIST for a range of options which includes all of our most needed items that can make a huge impact in a child’s life and can be delivered directly to our office.