Many children removed from their home by Child Protective Services may leave with little but the clothes on their backs.
Parent(s) drug abuse, neglect or even the abuse of the child can be extremely stressful to a younger child--the gift of a bag of love is an important beginning to give the child comfort and make them feel safe again.
River Valley Bags of Love program bags are delivered to DHHS in Lewiston to support the children of Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties.
The bags consist of a kid-sized handmade quilt, a stuffed toy, personal care items and several small toys. Those are put into a bag for distribution. Can you image the poor children without any personal items given this gift of love?
Here is a list of items they currently need:
Handmade Quilts-48" x 60"
Cotton quilting material
Cash donations for supplies
Infant Hair & Body Wash
*Infant training toothpaste and finger toothbrushes
Size 2 and 3 diapers
Pens and Pencils
*Please, at this time, NO stuffed animals or regular toothbrushes and toothpaste.
If you would like more details on how you can help with homemade quilts, making bags, items to fill bags, donating fabric or even to send a check towards filling a bag or two, please contact Christine at 207-369-9590 or Theresa Sweet at 207-562-9997.
Your donation is tax deductible. The mailing address is It's My Very Own-Bags of Love
58 Pine St. (P.O. Box 605), Dixfield, ME 04224