Education Majors from Annie Wignall Foskett's Central College Collaboration Strategies Class and Annie’s Madison Elementary School 2nd Graders, were the first two groups of volunteers to come help fill bags at our new headquarters! We love our new space, and all of our volunteers! Together they are "making a difference, one Care Bag, one child at a time!"
Care Bags Foundation Has A New Home (but please note, our shipping address has NOT changed!): Thanks to Rick Roush & Julia Prendergast, we have relocated into their main building in front of our old garage headquarters. It's a climate controlled, ground floor space, and a perfect place to store donations and fill bags for deserving kids! Check out photos of our new home on the Care Bags Foundation Facebook page!
Read our latest newsletter for some exciting updates, view new photos posted of kids receiving Care Bags and to learn how we’re helping survivors affected by the Oklahoma Tornadoes by visiting our Media Center!
United States Junior Chamber Names Annie Wignall Foskett, Founder/Director of Care Bags Foundation, as one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Americans! To learn more about the TOYA awards and the nine other honorees, please visit our Media Center and click on our latest newsletter!
Madison Elementary School in Pella, IA held a huge collection drive and donated more than 200 pounds of new school supplies which were shipped via Care Bags Foundation to kids affected by Hurricane Sandy in NJ. Check out the awesome power-point created by distributor Renee Heiss under Latest News.
About Care Bags
Care Bags Foundation's mission, which is a legal, nonprofit
501(c)(3) charitable organization, to provide Care Bags
filled with new essential, helpful, fun, safe, and age
appropriate items for children/youth (ages baby-18 yrs.) who
are in need.
History of Care Bags
Care Bags Foundation was founded by
Annie Wignall in Jan. 2000 when she was eleven years old.
She is currently the President and Director of Care Bags
Foundation. Annie got the idea to start this project after
she learned there were lots of kids in crisis situations who
have to leave their homes with very few of their own
belongings. “ I love kids and wanted to do something
to help make their lives better”, says Annie. Over the
years, with increased support and donations from businesses,
groups and individuals, along with numerous agencies who
hand-deliver the bags, Annie’s idea has grown from a small
home-based project helping a few Iowa kids, into a
nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides
services to thousands of kids worldwide. Care Bags, which is
run entirely by volunteer efforts, is now complete with its
own headquarters for storing items and filling bags. As
Annie Wignall says, “I know we can’t help everyone, but with
your help we can make a difference, one Care Bag, one child
at a time.”
It is our goal to help as many kids in need
as we can, for as long as we can, and to encourage others to
do the same.
What We Do
Create and distribute
beautiful fabric Care Bags filled with essential and
comforting items for needy children ages baby-18 years.
Fill over 100 Care
Bags monthly at our Care Bags 4 Kids Headquarters in
Distribute Care Bags
through children-service agencies and individuals across
the United States.
Care Bags are also
hand-delivered by our international partners and friends
to displaced, abused and disadvantaged kids worldwide.
What You Can Do
Since Care Bags Foundation has
no paid staff and is run entirely by volunteers, we count on
people like you to help us help kids in need. You could:
Donate your time, money or
items (See Donation list below or contact us for a
current list of needed items).
Sew bags, bibs and
children’s blankets (sample sewing directions for bags
are available by email).
Encourage your family and
friends to help you assist us with our project.
Adopt the idea and start a
similar project of your own. A complete Care Bags
Starter Kit to give you ideas on helping kids in your
own community is available via email. Due to high costs
the kit cannot be sent out by regular mail.
Find a way of your own to
make a difference in the life of a child and encourage
others to do the same.
Who Can Help
Any individual, of any
age, who has a sincere desire to help children.
It is a perfect service
project for schools, youth groups, 4-H Clubs, Girl/Boy
Scout Troops, service organizations, church or religious
groups, senior citizen programs, sewers, etc!
How Do I Get Started?
The first step is to have the desire to help
others. The second is to take action! Here's how you can get
here to view the "How
You Can Help" Adobe PDF document, or please
contact us! We get tons of
emails every day so please include your first/last name,
age, town/state/country you live in, how/why you want to
help, and complete email address. We’ll email you back with
ideas and ways that can help you begin to make a positive
difference in the lives of children!
A complete Care Bags Starter
Kit is available upon request. Please
contact us with your
first/last name, age, town/state/country you live in,
how/why you want to help, and complete email address (it
must be capable of accepting attachments in order for you to
receive it!). Due to high costs, the Care Bags Starter Kit,
which will give you ideas on how to start a similar project
of your own in your community, is only available via email
and cannot be sent out by regular mail.
Anne has 3 different age
appropriate “Care Bags” she provides to kids in need: for
ages baby-2 yrs. (she attaches a Pink laminated poem to the
outside of the cloth bag), for ages 3-12 yrs. (Blue
laminated poem) and ages 13-18 yrs. (Yellow laminated poem).
Sometimes on the back of the poem she writes “girl” or “boy”
if the items are appropriate for one or the other gender.
That way the agencies that distribute the care bags can be
sure each bag is appropriate for the child/youth receiving
Here is a sample list of items that are often included in
the bags. Other essential, safe, fun and age/gender
appropriate items could also be added. All items must be
new. For the safety of the recipients, no glass or food
items are allowed.
Baby-2 year care bags (pink poem):
Small Toothbrush; Children’s
Toothpaste; Baby Shampoo Soap; Bib; Kleenex; Books; Diapers;
Baby Wipes; Small Stuffed Animal; Brush/Comb; Plastic
Bottle/Cup; Socks; Receiving Blanket; Night Light; Pacifier;
Toy (Rattle, Teething
Ring, Baby Doll, etc.)
3-12 year care bags (blue poem):
Toothbrush; Toothpaste; Shampoo; Soap; Paper; Pen/Pencil; Book;
Coloring/Activity Book; Crayons; Small Stuffed Animal; Stickers;
Kid’s Meal/Ice Cream Gift Certificates; Cards/Games; Flashlight;
Dental Floss; Cup
13-18 year care bags (yellow
Toothpaste; Dental Floss; Shampoo/Conditioner; Soap; Lotion;
Journal/Book; Pad of Paper; Pen/Pencil; Deck of Cards/Crossword
Puzzles; Feminine Pads (girls); Brush/Comb; Kleenex; Deodorant;
Perfume/Cologne; Gift Certificates for Pizza/Ice Cream/Bowling/Videos/etc.;
Plastic Cup; Shower-Cap
All items used in care bags are donated by individuals,
businesses or service groups or are secured through grants.
Donations of any of these items, as well as monetary
donations, are tax deductible, greatly appreciated and
should be sent to Care Bags Foundation Headquarters at:
Care Bags Foundation
C/O Annie Wignall
623 E. 17th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208
*The toothpaste, soap,
shampoo, lotions, etc. can all be sample sizes.
We are also looking for volunteers to sew bags, bibs and
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