You can make a difference in the lives of foster children.
Hope In A Suitcase is a volunteer-run organization. Your donation allows us to provide duffel bags, basic essentials and comfort items for children and teens in and entering foster care.
A donation in honor of a friend, colleague or loved one is also a special and meaningful holiday gesture!
See what your incredible generosity can provide:
* $125 One Fully-Loaded Suitcase or Duffel Bag, each generally containing a blanket, pajamas, 1-2 comfortable changes of clothing, a sweatshirt or jacket, undergarments, socks, toiletries and age appropriate comfort items (e.g. a small stuffed animal, a journal, a book, a nightlight, a handwritten note of support, etc.).
* $250 Two Fully-Loaded Suitcases or Duffel Bags, including same items listed above.
* $500 Four Fully-Loaded Suitcases or Duffel Bags, including same items listed above.
* $1,000 Eight Fully-Loaded Suitcases or Duffel Bags, including same items listed above.
* $2,500 Provides a "Shopping Day" for 20 Foster Tweens/Teens, who are invited to come and choose for themselves from a selection of brand new, high quality merchandise to fit their personal body types, tastes and needs. Typically, each child walks away with a suitcase or duffel bag filled with new school clothing, athletic wear, undergarments, sleepwear, books, a pair of shoes, art supplies, toiletries and more.
We Will Gratefully Acknowledge Monetary Gifts on Our Webpage as Follows:
* $1,000 or more: Friend of Hope;
* $5,000 or more: Angel of Hope;
* $10,000 or more: Hero of Hope;
* $15,000 or more: Superhero of Hope.
If you would like to donate by check, please mail to:
Hope in a Suitcase
311 N. Robertson Blvd. #715 Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Make checks payable to: Hope in a Suitcase
Charitable contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Hope in a Suitcase is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, tax identification number 47-5071911. For all monetary donations, you will receive a letter from us confirming your donation for tax purposes.
Click here for a copy of our IRS tax exempt notice.
Ask your HR representative or management if your company makes Matching Gifts and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
DONATE IN SOMEONE'S HONOR
Celebrate a special person in your life by sending a message and making a gift in their honor. At your option, Hope in a Suitcase will post your message and honoree's name on our Dedication Wall. Or, if you prefer, we will send a Handwritten Note on our Hope Stationary by mail, including any personal message of honor, tribute or condolences that you would like to include. Donate online or by check, and email your dedication to email@example.com.
BECOME A CORPORATE SPONSOR
Participate in corporate philanthropy! We welcome in-kind gifts and donations of excess inventory, such as luggage, personal hygiene products, sleepwear, undergarments, socks, athletic shoes, blankets, comfort items, and casual clothing for babies, children and teens. The benefits of becoming a corporate sponsor include tax deductions, positive public relations, and freeing up storage space. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your business is interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor.
Click here for our in-kind donation Wishlist.
ORGANIZE An Event or DRIVE
We are interested in partnering with individuals, social and community groups, businesses, and public and independent schools in the Los Angeles area. There are many models for highly successful drives and fundraisers. It can be as simple as emailing friends and co-workers about Hope in a Suitcase and collecting high-priority items at your home or office (e.g. New Pajamas, Sweatpants, Athletic Shorts & Shirts, etc.). Below are just a few ideas, but we welcome your creativity!
Be sure to contact email@example.com BEFORE organizing your event regarding our current needs & capacity.
Current Info: Hope in a Suitcase is now accepting NEW ITEMS ONLY.
school & workplace Drives & Events
Plan a school bake sale, Valentine-gram sale, or read-a-thon to raise funds to donate online or via check. Running a marathon or hosting a party? Reach out to friends and make your activity even more meaningful by raising funds for children in foster care. Gather friends or co-workers to assemble hygiene kits, personalize journals and prepare colorful pictures and handwritten notes of support ("You Are Beautiful" "You Are Strong" "You Are Loved" You Are Special"). Or mobilize your school, church, temple or Girl / Boy Scout Troop to donate new items, then come together to write letters and to pack it up!
We love the idea of kids helping other kids. It is a simple and meaningful effort for a child to pack a suitcase. collect new pajamas (no nightgowns or "sleepsacks" please) or assemble a personal hygiene kit, knowing that carefully chosen items will help comfort another child. Older kids can take a leadership role.
Click here for Sample Flyer for School Drives.
(Word Version available upon request.)
Click here for Checklists for Suitcases & Hygiene Kit Packing Events.
Cheerful, Deluxe Hygiene Kits are appreciated by Tweens & Teens!
Click here for sample sourcing tips for Quality Items to Hygiene Kits.
Please note we are currently accepting NEW ITEMS ONLY.
Birthdays and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
Make your birthday matter. Instead of gifts, ask for a multiple of your age in dollars. Organizing a Hope in a Suitcase event, drive or fundraiser also makes a meaningful b'nai mitzvah project.
host a party
Hosting a holiday or office party, a BBQ or a family gathering? Encourage guests to bring a new item for a child or teen in foster care or a $25 gift card (e.g. Target or Kmart) in lieu of a bottle of wine or a traditional host/hostess gift.
SPREAD THE WORD
Tell your friends and family about our work. Ask your school, religious or community group to post information about Hope in a Suitcase for members seeking a rewarding community service project. Use social media to spread the word.