Read how Pockets of Hope is making a difference for children in the local community.
Subject: Jumping for Joy
Here’s the scenario:
Child receives her backpack and wants to check it out right away. Literally begins jumping up and down at what she finds inside and says, “ooooohhhh I love it!” Continues to pull items out stating, I got my own chapstick, my own lotion now, a Shopkins etc.
Her mom says, “it’s like they knew you.”
It is one of my favorite parts to be able to see any nervous feelings or apprehension almost instantly change to excitement.
You gals are amazing and I am so appreciative for your continued support for children.
Thanks much!! - From staff at Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center [8/19]
Just a quick note to you know how great it's been to be able to hand out the backpacks to the kids! We recently had the opportunity to hand out a cat patterned backpack to a child who LOVES cats! :) Day Brightener! - From staff at Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center [7/19]
A 5 yr. old boy wearing Spiderman PJ's, recently received a Spiderman backpack. He was excited about the toothbrush and comb, and commented "How did you know I liked Spiderman?!?!" [8/18]
"Thank you for creating the backpacks for the children who enter the CAC (Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center). My daughter received one and she loves everything about it! She especially enjoys the blanket and dolls. Now when she thinks of the CAC it's the "place she got the backpack full of presents." I can't thank you enough! - Mom of 2 yr old [8.18]
"I've always wanted one of those High School backpacks!" - From a 6 year old after receiving his backpack courtesy of Pockets of Hope [7.18]
“I am the lucky one who gets to handout the backpacks to the kiddos. It just makes their day (and mine). They are so happy and greatful. It is a wonderful thing you are doing.” - From staff at Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center [3.18]
Note: from a 16 year old recipient. "Thank you for the backpack. I really love that there is a blanket, a tie (one) to be exact. It make me so happy to know there are people out there who care." [7.17]
You need to know that when I delivered **** his stuff yesterday the look on his face was priceless. He was so shocked he didn't know what to say to me. I explained where the stuff came from...what Pockets of Hope offers for the children is wonderful...the kids we work with often do not have anything...so this means so much more than imaginable...so THANK YOU.
Yes, THANK YOU BOTH for coordinating, creating, and delivering! **** is not speechless often, so I'm sure this blew his mind! Awesome!!! [3.17]
One of my favorite work memories is giving an older youth a backpack from Pockets of Hope. This specific youth told me that it was the first time in a really long time that he felt anyone cared about him (& a simple backpack with a few goodies gave him that message!). I love organizations that make a difference. If you have ever thought about children/youth in the foster care system this is an amazing way to give them some comfort and hope! 😊 [3.17]
Just thought I’d email to say hello and let you know how excited the children are here when they receive their backpacks from you. It really puts a smile on their face! Thanks so much, have a great day! [11.16]
While completing a room check of a 19 year old male in foster care I noticed the blanket from his Pockets of Hope backpack on his bed. This is the only blanket this youth has in his apartment, I acknowledged the blanket and he stated “it is my favorite blanket it is so cuddly and soft, wait don’t tell anyone I said it is cuddly.”
Thank You to all of the wonderful donors to this program - youth of all ages definitely appreciate all of the items in their backpacks. [04.16]
Our family lives in Todd County and recently had a sibling group of 4 placed with us. They have received your backpacks. I can't tell you how excited they were to have their very own things since they came to us with the clothes on their backs and a schoolbag. Like one other comment I saw, it was like Christmas. It is extremely helpful to us foster parents to not have to go suddenly and buy everything.
Thank you so much for your dedication to foster kids! [10.15]
Last night we placed three kiddos. Ages 10, 9 & 8. These kids have been in and out of foster homes in other states and counties many times. The children were dirty, malnourished, neglected, abused (mentally & physically & sexually) exposed to drugs and who knows what else.
It was like Christmas morning when we got the children to our office and gave them each "their own back packs." The back pack in and of itself was exciting, but as they discovered each and every item the smiles on their faces were priceless. From "I have my own barbie" --- as a question? "really, I get my own?" to pulling out and examining- "a blanket, CLEAN & NEW Pajamas," to the little boys saying "how did you know I like football?" in regards to a Nerf football. The 10 year old girl saying "a journal.... I can't wait to write in it tonight." And an unexpected but making me realize how the smallest things in life- we take the most for granted. As I was driving the three to their foster home, the boy takes out his deodorant. He was so excited as he opened it and smelled it. He shared the smell with his sisters. He said "I get to smell good."
Thank you again for the amazing back packs. They mean a lot to us as Child Protection Social Workers and to the children we serve. [09.15]