Lufkin woman starts non-profit to give back to foster care children

Lufkin woman starts non-profit to give back to foster care children
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is giving back to the children enduring a hardship she understands first-hand.

Hallie Ferguson remembers the day she was placed in foster care and was told to pack her belongings at the tender age of 7.

"I had packed my blanket that I had since I was born. I had a pair of Barbie tennis shoes and one pair of clothes," Ferguson said.

Drawing on the memory of having only a trash bag to store everything, she used that experience to begin a non-profit called Bags of Love. Ferguson, 29, said often at trying times in their lives, children are given their belonging in flimsy trash bags.

"Being in foster care, I know how these kids feel, so I want to help them," Ferguson said.

Ferguson said she wants children having to go through foster care have a bag of comfort they can call their own.

Kelli Slaga with Child Protective Services confirmed the experiences foster care children have to undergo after being removed from their home.

"Often times there's nothing," Slaga said. "Sometimes the children are removed and they take nothing with them."

Slaga said, often, caregivers bring the belongings, either the day after or a couple days later, packed in black bag. For that reason she welcomes *Bags of love* filled with necessary items.

"When children receive these bags, the things in them help them, give them a sense of comfort, and make their transition just a little easier," Slaga said.

The bags provide children with stuffed animals, toiletries, books, and blankets. Visit the Bags of Love Facebook page for details on how you can make a donation.

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