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I remember the first day my daughter Amaya came to stay with us. She was four years old, moving into her third foster home and carrying her entire life in a white trash bag. We took her out to buy new clothes and she picked out a Cinderella nightgown.

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Get Involved

Thousands of children in the Washington Metropolitan Region enter the foster-care system each year. Most carry little more than the clothes on their backs. This year, CoesterVMS is teaming up with The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) to bring the comfort of home to their journey

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Bringing Comfort Home – Dec 13th Winter Packing Party

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Every two minutes in the U.S. a child is taken from their home and placed in the foster care system. Agencies send more than 90 percent of these children directly to foster homes, institutions or group facilities within 24 hours of removal from the only home they have known. In most cases, their journey begins with little more than the clothes on their backs.

We want to invite you to help us change this reality; to be a part of helping thousands of children going into foster service retain a sense of self-worth and dignity.

Come and join us at Comfort Cases’ “Bring Comfort Home” Winter Packing Party event from 10 am to 12 p.m., December. 13 at CoesterVMS headquarters, 7529 Standish Place, Suite 200, Rockville, MD.

At this event volunteers will help assemble “Comfort Cases” to be distributed during the holiday season to children in need. Please bring several items from the list below to help support this great cause.

Items in need:

  • Small Suit Case/BackPack/Duffle Bag

  • Pajama Set

  • Blanket

  • Tooth Brush

  • Stuffed Animal

  • Athletic Shorts and Sweatpants

  • Hair Brush and Comb

  • Deodorant

  • Lotions and Soaps

  • Coloring Books and Crayons

  • Pens and Pencils

  • Journal

  • Monetary Donations will be accept: https://comfortcases.org/make-donation/

Comfort Cases, a non-profit charitable organization that provides vitally needed personal items to children in the foster system, offers children the necessities as they begin their journey to the rest of their lives. Through the simple act of providing a bag with personal items that they can always call their own, Comfort Cases is making a difference.

We thank you in advance for your time and your generous donation to Comfort Cases. You have become a part of the movement to change a child’s life and build a foundation of compassion that they will never forget.

Please follow the link below to RSVP:



Direct Link: http://coestervms.actonsoftware.com/acton/form/9775/0009:d-0001/0/index.htm


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1498680590381449/



Comfort Cases is a 501©3 charity whose board covers all operational costs and overhead. 100% of the proceeds collected or money donated go directly to children in need. We were recently covered by the Bristow Beat for one of our “Packing Parties” in which all of the donated items are assembled and then ultimately delivered to the kids. http://bristowbeat.com/news/community-creates-1200-comfort-cases-for-local-foster-children/

Monetary Donations: https://comfortcases.org/make-donation/

Donate a case: http://comfortcases.org/get-involved/

Please visit www.comfortcases.org/ or e-mail ncalfee@comfortcases.org for more information.



[1] Figures based on Foster Care Statistics 2012. n.d.

on November 19th, 2014 by admin

Linton Hall School Packing Party

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We would like to thank the great people and volunteers that came out for the packing party on September 27th at Linton Hall School. The event was a great success and we were able to assemble over 1,200 cases for children in the foster care system.

We were also fortunate to have the event featured in the “Bristow Beat”, please follow the link below.

http://bristowbeat.com/news/community-creates-1200-comfort-cases-for-local-foster-children/

Here our some great pictures from the event:

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on September 4th, 2014 by admin

Comfort Cases Back to School Packing Party

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 With the school year fast approaching CoesterVMS charity organization Comfort Cases has organized its first annual Back to School Packing Drive. This event will provide you in MD, VA and DC with desperately needed supplies required for their education. See below for information on donating today!

Drive Dates: 

July 22nd - August 25th

Items Needed: 

  • - Back Pack
  • - Composition Notebooks
  • - Lined Paper
  • - Highlighters
  • - Pencils (No 2. and Colored)
  • - Pens
  • - Erasers
  • - Rulers
  • - Binders
  • - Pencil Pouch
  • - Calculators
  • - Crayons
  • - Scissors
  • - Spiral Notebooks
 

Donation Center:

Comfort Cases Head Quarters

7529 Standish Place, Suite 200

Rockville, MD 20855



Questions:Please contact Noelle Calfee at ncalfee@comfortcases.org or visit  www.comfortcases.org for more details.

on July 30th, 2014 by admin

An email we received today 4/22/2014

3-13-2014 10-16-15 AM

Email received this morning…..the reason we do this!

Hi

My name is K——- My coworker & friend, A———told me about you this morning.

I fostered/adopted in Montgomery County, too. I had so many kids come with nothing or (even worse) a trash bag filled with junk. Your Amaya reminds me so much of my foster daughter, L. She was the most beautiful little girl. She was 4 and had a white trash bag with clothing that wasn’t even hers along with some broken toys. I took her to the store and she picked out the ugliest blue fur “Princess” jacket that I had ever seen. Bright blue, same color and style as the furry monster in Monsters Inc- with princesses on the back. She was so happy. She ended up with a couple coats that day because I just couldn’t imagine taking her out in public in that blue coat but she was so happy. She wore it ALL the time. I still think about her. I still think about that hideous coat. I never saw another one. (Maybe no one else in Maryland could ever bring themselves to buy one so L’s was the only one ever sold).

I stopped fostering after my foster/adopt son, A., died in 2009. He died in my home on a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon. He was 2 years, 7 months and 1 day old.. I’ve always wanted to do more, in honor of him, in memory of him. I would love to support Comfort Cases. This weekend, I’m going to do some shopping for bags & supplies for kids entering foster care. Maybe someday, after my girls are grown, I’ll foster again. It’s took me three years to recover to a place where I was “okay”. It was 4 years before I felt as though I could look forward to the future again. In August, it will be 5 years. Unimaginable. It feels like yesterday and a million years ago at the same time. I miss him from the depths of my soul. And I know it would make him happy to know other kids in his situation had supplies. He, like L, came with nothing. Just an empty diaper bag. It was my pleasure to shop for him and buy him things. And it will be my pleasure to do that for other children as well. I’m so glad you took the initiative to do something about (and for) kids coming into care. Your children are so blessed to have you. And other foster child in Montgomery County are so blessed to have you, too.

K———
Please go and Click for a Cause for Comfort Cases….this is what we are all about, helping children who need the basics

http://www.wtop.com/1423/3597866/Comfort-Cases

All you have to do is click on the fb icon that says LIKE :)

Thanks everyone

on April 22nd, 2014 by admin