I have a couple of friends who have adopted kids from foster care. The kids are wonderful, but there is one thing that has stuck in our minds about the beasties. When they came to visit before their adoptions, they brought their belongings in garbage bags. Foster care programs don't have the money to get luggage for each child they are helping. They have to make do with what the program can afford, and for so many kids, that means putting their things in garbage bags.

That's where you come in.

If you are cleaning out your closets and you have luggage you don't use anymore, you can donate it to these programs. If you would like to donate it to another program, call first to make sure they can use your donation. It's more than likely they will take your donation, but make sure first.

If you are thinking of donating, they can use traditional luggage, duffel bags, totes, and backpacks. Anything you can put items into can be helpful to these kiddos. No one should have to carry things in a garbage bag. If you have a donation, please think about these programs:

1. Lee & Beulah Moore home - I spoke to an official with the Moore home and they said they will take anything as a donation except computers. If they can’t use a donation, they have a trade out agreement with Goodwill. Goodwill gives the Moore Home vouchers for items they can't use so kids can pick out things in their stores. Kids have been able to even get Halloween costumes and prom dresses. You’ll get a tax donation letter so you can take your donation to the Moore Home off your taxes. Click here for their Facebook page.

2. El Paso Center for Children - The Center also takes donations, but if you plan on donating anything other than luggage, please call them before you go to make sure they can use your donation. Click here for their Facebook page.

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