*** SPONSORSHIP CLOSED.
This project concluded on our assembly party date, May 21, 2017.
Please check back for updates as we distribute the bags collected!***
***Update 5/3 – time and location change! Due to popularity, we are relocating to a larger space with easier parking: Downingtown Borough Hall, Annex Building, 4 W Lanc. Ave, new time 1pm-3pm!***
Alrighty folks! It’s here!!! Our May Sponsorship:
Love Them BACK Packs!
SO many of you have been SO excited about this one!! We’re super happy to actually be able to pull it together. For that we have to credit our MANY wonderful Village Volunteers!! As those of you who have watched this organically grow from our Facebook Group know, Love Them BACK Packs are bags that will be given to kids entering foster care in Chester County. (Read more about the inspiration here.) We hope these bags will bring a little positivity and connection into a difficult transition, and send these beautiful children a little love from the Village.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
There are three ways to do this. You can…
1. Assemble your own COMPLETE pack
2. Donate portions of packs
3. Donate $$ toward our completion of packs
**See a little farther down for pack lists and guidelines**
We are testing a new strategy using ‘signup.com’ to avoid duplicate donations and make it a little easier to coordinate this project.
HOW TO SIGN UP:
1. Decide HOW you’re giving (see options above)
2. Decide WHEN you’re giving (see options below – you’ll be asked to RSVP when you sign-up)
2. Then goto our project page at and ‘sign-up’ for your contribution!
WHERE TO DELIVER DONATIONS:
We’re planning an assembly party at our favorite partner site, Habitat Studios. It would be great if you could meet us there with your donation, help us build and label these packs AND meet your village neighbors. If you helped us assemble mother gift baskets for the CYWA in December, you know the deal. We’ll all meet in the beautiful warm and inviting art and yoga studio of Nathan and Annawyn Laing and share lots of stories, laughs and hugs while we assemble bags, listen to music, and snack on delicious nibbles. It will be fabulous and just a hare short of holding hands and singing cumbaya so your teenage children won’t be TOO embarrassed to be there with us. Which we hope answers your question, yes, it’s kid friendly.
WHERE: Borough of Downingtown ANNEX Building, 4 West Lancaster Ave, Downingtown PA 19335 (park in rear, look for signs)
WHEN: Sunday May 21st, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm
“But WAIT! I’m busy that day! <sad face>”
Don’t fret darling, we’ll be accepting early drop-offs at a few convenient sites. Choose a site below and send an email for the address and other drop-off instructions. Please use a subject ‘ITAV Drop Off’.
EARLY DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
Downingtown – Habitat Studios: Email Annawyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Downingtown – Johnsontown Area: Email Val at email@example.com
Phoenixville Area: Email Lexi Barnes at
Coatesville: Email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Please drop-off by Saturday May 20th at 3pm to ensure your donation makes it in!**
“Ok, got it! I’m ready, what next?”
Read up on how to pack a complete bag, or what kind of items we’re looking for if you’re shopping for bargains, and have your donations ready by May 21st.
WHAT GOES IN A BAG??
Glad you asked. A wonderful volunteer and foster mother helped us create this list, and even polled some foster kids she knew for their ideas. We think this makes our list ‘tried and tested’ and we hope you won’t change it (aka, please don’t stray from the list). We might find ourselves giving several of our packs to several kids in one family, and we would hate for Johnny to get a brand new bicycle in his bag, and Jennie to have none. Catch our drift? Stick to the list. 😉
Now, you can choose to make your bag gender specific OR gender neutral. Not only is gender neutral a fun challenge, it will make it super flexible and easy for us give the packs to whoever needs them. We do ask that you choose an age range though, and stay within that range. Please choose items appropriate for that age range, and choose PJ’s large enough to fit the highest age (sleeves can be rolled!). So, with all that said….drumroll please…..
Age Group 3-6
Age Group 7-9
Age Group 10-13
IDEAS FOR TOYS AND NIGHTLIGHTS:
We’ll post links to ideas here soon, but consider small LED battery controlled night lights or small personal flashlights. Also try FiveBelow, they have great toys and small games kids can play with alone…think puzzles, mind benders, rubix cube, clean craft projects, etc.
We’d love to think that by the time you’ve read this far you have NO questions about this whole shindig, but we get it, it’s A LOT. Thanks for even reading this far down! As we get questions we’ll answer them here for all.