Updated: Monday, 07 Jun 2010, 6:39 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 07 Jun 2010, 6:21 AM EDT
(WTNH) - For the thousands of kids in Foster Care in Connecticut, stability is a foreign concept. They often move from house to house and have very few things they can truly call their own. And what they have they usually cart around in a trash bag.
"It's like their wordly possessions," said Christine, who has been a foster mom for 14 months. "Their favorite outfit, their journal they're writing their things in, their one or two photos they have of a family member."
Christine (for security reasons she asked News 8 not to use her last name) has already cared for 11 children, including a now-two-year old who's been with her the whole time. She says being a foster parent means making your house a home to a child who may be with you for just a few days. You've got to be prepared to love and lose.
"You're always wondering, is that child that I loved for six months, six days, safe," she said.
You've got to be prepared for anything. Christine's basement is stocked with stuff for boys and girls from toddlers to teens.
Jody Ferrer is moved by the stories of these foster kids, especially the part about them using trash bags to carry their things.
"What so many of us take for granted, they don't have that," she said.
That's why her company - The Perfect Promotion in West Hartford - is collecting backpacks and duffel bags. She adds bags to every order the company makes and is looking for donations.
"At first we were talking about doing it for the year, but I'd really like to do it until nobody needs a bag," Ferrer said.
She knows now, that'll take some time. But she also knows every bag will be appreciated.
"It's going to mean so much," Christine said. "The need is there."
You can drop off bags or backpacks at the Perfect Promotion, 801 Farmington Avenue, in West Hartford.