Hundreds of community members will gather in Newark this weekend to help children entering Delaware’s foster care system.
The 4th annual “My Blue Duffel” Community Service Day is this Sunday at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center.
It’s sponsored by the Kind to Kids Foundation - a non-profit that serves foster children.
And as that group’s founder and president Caroline Jones explains, the event serves an important purpose, “Where the community comes together to make emergency care duffels for children entering the foster care system. It’s a very traumatic time; children are taken from their home due to abuse and neglect and their scared and their frightened, but they need to be removed for their own safety.”
Jones says the “My Blue Duffel” program allows a social worker who arrives at a home to take a child - to give them a duffel bag filled with goodies, “It has a teddy bear and a soft fleece blanket and coloring book and crayons and other comforting items to help them during this painful transition.”
Volunteers interested in helping stuff the bags can sign up here. Donations are $40 with the money going to buy the supplies to stuff the bags. A buffet lunch will be provided. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.