Blessing Bags

A Peacemaking Project by Sarah M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

There are many kids who do not have families. One of these reasons is Poverty. In 2015, 16% of kids in Pennsylvania are foster kids. My friend and I have decided to help this problem. We came to the conclusion to make blessing bags. These bags are going to be made for all ages. We are going to gather new products such as blankets, writing utensils, school supplies, and many other needs and essentials. This $250 grand would help buy the supplies for each bag. I also plan on asking my local dentist office for new toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. We are going to make the bags and we have an organization in Kittanning who we will donate to. Thank you for taking the time for reading this.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Poverty
we will address The issue of Foster Care by making blessing bags
by We will be purchasing supplies for each bag, for all ages. Then we will donate them to a Foster Care organization.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • To help Foster children

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Getting this grant will help us pay for all of the items. The money is not the be the thing that grows our compassion. Us helping and knowing we helped is what counts and that is what makes our compassion grow.

How will you show courage?

Katie and I want to be able to talk to foster kids and show them what we did. We are determined to buy all this and help all these kids, who do not have loving families.

How will you collaborate with others?

My friend, Katie, and I talk about everything we need to buy. We have bought certain items such as the bags and some blankets. We have discussed each item we are planning on buying.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

We are going to buy each item at a time. We are going to be very organized with this process and we are going to make sure we are reaching our goal.

Key Steps

  • There is not a specific list made yet. We are planning on buying each item and gathering donations first, then make each bag and take them to the Organization

Comments:

Fish S. Peace First Staff
8 February 2018 11:41

Hi Sarah! I'm on the Peace First Team. Thanks for posting this awesome project and for all the compassion and warmth you have for young people who are experiencing difficulties! It's so cool that you're taking a stand.

I saw you posted your insight and plan, and I wanted to offer some feedback!

What I love about your insight is that you've chosen a clear injustice that is causing real, unfair harm to a specific group of people. You're right that this is such an important issue - and I think you've identified a good way to help meet people's immediate needs, which is so important.

Two things I think you can keep working on with your injustice: The first thing is to be clearer about what the problem is (poverty faced by whom?) and to make sure that what you're addressing is something that is causing the problem (so, what is the issue causing the poverty? Is it just being in the foster care system? Is it something else in addition, or something instead? This is where some conversations with folks who work in the foster care system can help.)

I think your plan is very clear. I think your care and determination shines through, and I love the fact that you're working with a partner -- you and Katie sound like a great team! It seems like you have a great strategy for how you'll go about assembling the blessing bags.

One thing I'd encourage you to add: part of having a compassionate plan is taking time to talk and work with people affected by the problem. It's amazing that you want to connect directly with kids in the foster system, not just assemble the bags -- what about making a plan to do that at the beginning of the project, so you can understand what they might need or want in the bags, and if there's anything else you can do to help? You might also consider meeting (or even just emailing!) with some folks in your area who help foster kids, like social workers or volunteers. They'd have great ideas for you, I'm sure.

Sarah, this is such a thoughtful project. I can tell you have a generous heart and a powerful spirit! I hope this feedback helps you think about your next steps and how to make the project really strong and impactful for foster kids in your community.

If you need help, in addition to the grant money, we are happy to help you think about things like how to arrange meetings with folks who work in the foster care system, or brainstorm questions to ask. If there's anything we can help you with, just let us know! :)

Fish  

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
1 February 2018 15:13

Hi Sarah!

Thanks so much for posting this project! Supporting foster children and youth is such an important issue. I'm glad you're showing compassion for other youth in your community in this important way.

Have you had the chance yet to talk with foster children/youth and the organizations that serve them to find out if there are specific things they need to help? The blessing bags may be the perfect thing--or maybe they need something else in addition, or in place of it.

It might also be helpful to think about why it is that foster children/youth experience poverty at very high levels--understanding the root cause can help you get at the root of the problem. If you'd like some tools and support in talking with others and understanding the root causes of this injustice, check out this resource: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/test-project-3/dashboard/understand-injustice

This project is well on its way to a great grant application! Going deeper on understanding the injustices foster children/youth face will only strengthen your project. Thanks for all your work and dedication to this important issue! :)

Best,
Adrian  

Sarah M.
31 January 2018 15:04

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I am really grateful!  

Sarah M.
31 January 2018 15:04

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I am really grateful!