SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WIAT) – Currently, there are about 6,000 children in foster care in Alabama, that’s according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources. And actually, within that number, some children simply need foster care for a matter of days.
May is Foster Child Awareness Month and is designed to give the dignity to foster children, who often must move homes with only garbage bags to tote their belongings. With that being a possibility, Unclaimed Baggage Center is the nation’s only retailer of lost treasures and will host Love Luggage Day.
Instead, many of those children will now have suitcases hand-painted by local artists. Love Luggage Day marks the latest initiative of Unclaimed Baggage Center’s philanthropic program,
Unclaimed Baggage Center and Lee Marshall, three-time Emmy award-winning journalist and founder of Kids to Love, will join forces with Reclaimed for Good, local artists, community schools and residents to paint for a purpose.
UPDATE: State of Alabama declares May 22, 2019 as “Love Luggage Day”- Unclaimed Baggage Center Press Release:
On behalf of the State of Alabama, Senator Steve Livingston issued an official resolution declaring May 22, 2019 as “Love Luggage Day.” The proclamation comes in support of the Love LuggageDay event hosted on May 22 by Unclaimed Baggage Center honoring May’s Foster Care Awareness Month. The nation’s only retailer of lost treasurers teamed up with Lee Marshall, founder of Kids to Love and three-time Emmy award winning journalist, to bring local artists, community schools and residents together to “paint for a purpose” and give dignity to foster children, who often must move homes with only garbage bags to tote their belongings. The event turned out 45 hand-painted suitcases for foster children.
Suitcases will be provided, but participants are encouraged to donate one, too. Born into foster care, and adopted at the age of two, Lee knows firsthand the difference a forever family can make. Through her Kids to Love Foundation, she is carrying out her purpose to find families for foster children and meeting their immediate needs while they wait to be adopted. Since Lee founded Kids to Love in 2004, the foundation has impacted the lives of more than 210,000 foster children in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Unclaimed Baggage Center is located on West Willow Street Scottsboro, Alabama.
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