‘It’s My Very Own’ (Bags of Love)is a faith based non-profit organization committed to working with communities to provide for the immediate needs of children being removed from their homes by local Child Protective Services.
Although we love to see and promote happy healthy family relationships, unfortunately there is a time when children need to be removed from their homes for their own safety. When a child must be removed they are often taken out of their homes in the middle of the night and cannot take anything with them. We provide a bag containing needed supplies to help care for their needs and make the transition easier. The bag and it’s contents is something they can call their own. It is our goal to provide every child with a bag of needed supplies to help make the transition easier.
We begin with a large handmade cloth bag with a pocket sewn on the outside. The pocket is filled with personal care items and a letter from the IMVO team telling them someone cares about them and hopes things will get better for them. The contents of the bag are age and gender appropriate. They are basic, but special: A kid-sized handmade quilt, a teddy bear, toys for younger children and age appropriate items for older children.
We work with our local Social Service Offices and our community businesses, organizations and individuals who give of their time, resources and talent. We aim to provide a bag of needed supplies and personal items to each child who is displaced.
Our bags are made ahead of time so we will always be ready when a need arises. They are delivered to local agencies who give them to the children.
We are not involved in the removal or placement of the children, we don’t meet them or know who/where they are. We just provide these bags to help make the transition easier. It is never easy to see or know that a child and family is suffering, and it hurts when they have to be removed. “It’s My Very Own” helps ease the pain by providing for their immediate needs and showing them the love of their community.
Our chapter is run by members of the Dayton SDA Church, and we serve Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House. we formed our own chapter in 2018, taking over for Ponoka who had served this area since 2015.
Bags of Love started in Alberta in 2010 in Ryley and there are now chapters in Calgary, Ryley, Ponoka and Boyle, Red Deer and Camrose, and it is even starting up in Saskatchewan. These chapters serve a number of communities. It is a project started in the United States by Barbara Neher.
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