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It's My Very Own!

“IT’S MY VERY OWN”: bags of love - program champions the immediate needs of children of all ages when they become victims of circumstance.   When their parents or guardian are taken into custody by authorities as results of drug busts or child abuse charges, the children are suddenly removed from the home with little or no personal effects. These children are provided a “love bag” containing a homemade quilt or blanket, stuffed animals, toy, pillow and personal hygiene items in an attractive drawstring bag that can immediately become “their very own” at no cost to the child or DCFS.  It has been estimated that each bag costs roughly $35 each to create--of course it is only through donations that this ministry is possible.
     Funds or contribution of items for the bags are needed to support this program, volunteers are needed to sew and make the blankets and love bags.  If you would like to participate in this program please speak with Robin at church or email her at: saukvalleysda_at_gmail.org with IMVO in the subject line.  In January of 2009 we delivered our first bags to DCFS.  Most recently we delivered bags in November 2013.  They were happy to have received them! Robin showed them to the congregation and everyone prayed that the life each quilt touches will be calmed and feel cherished.
 
    

 
 
Many many hands have helped donate materials and helped sew the bags and quilts. WOW!! We have a cupboard full of quilts ready to give to displaced children.  THANKS to all of you who care and take the time to help others!  You all demonstrate in words and deeds how deeply the Sauk Valley cares for its children!  They are our future!

We need some little toys/games/card games that can be played by a single child or a small group.  Little journals for older kids to write their feelings out, disposable cameras, $5 phone card, gently used books for all ages, anything to provide some activity for children to do regardless of where they may be staying during their time of need.   We can always use more help if you'd like to make a difference to our local children!