What started as a simple e-mail request sent out over the Internet from an Arizona foster parent asking individuals who loved to sew to be part of a project to help Arizona foster kids has turned out to be a huge success. Only expecting to receive about 300 kid-friendly pillowcases/dufflebags by the end of the year, the Scottsdale resident and foster parent Adriane Grimaldi has already received 14,000 kid-friendly pillowcases from various individuals since February 2008.
When a child is taken from a home that has been deemed unsafe by Child Protective Services (CPS), the child may take only a small amount of toys, clothes, and personal belongings. Many times, CPS workers just don't have enough suitcases to use so when a child arrives at a child crisis center, group home, or foster home many times they arrive with literally one or two large black trash bags full of personal items.
"I thought how traumatic is it that they are already being taken out of the home for whatever reason but to have personal things they treasure put in trash bags is also pretty bad," said Grimaldi. She wondered why kid-friendly king-sized pillowcases with backpack straps or dufflebags couldn't be used instead?
The pillowcases or dufflebags are given to the local CPS offices and child crisis centers to use when they remove a child out of a home.
If you are interested in helping in this Sewing Project to Help Foster Kids, contact her at
Links to Patterns
You can do this project in your home state and find your nearest Child Protective Services office and deliver to them.
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- At your own pace