The Greatest of These is Love

Faith, Hope and Love – Duffel Bags for Children in Crisis Faith Hope and Love logo (2)
Written by Heather Lojeski

We have hurting children in Racine County.  Some of these children may have been victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect or were unable to be cared for by their family.  These children desperately need to experience unconditional love, a sense of hope, and faith in for the future.

Did you know that in the United States approximately 500,000 children are in foster care on any given day? Read More…For approximately 125,000 of these children, there is no plan for reunification with their parents and little prospect for adoption. Three out of four children are separated from at least one sibling when placed in foster care. Children often change foster homes.

When neglected, abandoned and abused children enter the foster care system; unfortunately most come with very little belongings besides the clothes on their backs. If they have a few items, they are typically transported in a trash bag. What ever these children have left of their self-worth should not be carried in a garbage bag. They deserve better.

As a child that grew up in an abusive home, a former foster parent, and worker in a camp for abused and neglected children; I have experienced first hand, just how important providing love, hope, and faith to the hurting children of Racine County.  Faith, Hope, and Love will be providing duffel bags/backpacks filled with items to help in providing comfort to children in crisis situations.  We believe these items will provide a sense of security in the midst of turmoil.

Each child, given a bag from Faith, Hope, and Love; will receive: fleece blanket, stuffed animal, storybook, and personal hygiene items.  In the future, we will be also placing two days of clothing and shoes in the bags.  We also are preparing to provide a special bag for infants entering the foster care system that will contain: fleece blanket, small stuffed animal, board book, powder, baby lotion, baby wash, baby wipes, and diapers (in the future, this bag would also contain two days worth of clothing).

We can help create a sense of Faith, Hope, and Love for these children through the assembly of the duffel bags/backpacks.  Our goal for the first year, is to distribute 200 duffel bags, and each duffel bag costs us $34.  We are excited to announce that the lotion, shampoo, and conditioner for the 200 bags; has been donated by Paris Presents Incorporated.  Individuals and businesses are able to assist us reach our goals through both donation of items on our wish list below, and monetary donations.

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First 5 Duffle Bags filled and delivered.^
Stock room shelves ready store donations>

Wish List – We request that all items be new, thank you.

  • Duffel Bags
  • Backpacks
  • fleece blankets
  • stuffed animals
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • combs
  • brushes
  • storybooks – please none of the scary nature
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • baby wipes
  • diapers
  • baby powder
  • baby lotion
  • baby wash

Please consider partnering with us as we reach towards the goal of 200 duffel bags to provide Faith, Hope, and Love for the hurting children of Racine County.

Sincerely,

Faith, Hope, & Love – Living Light Christian Church
740 College Ave
Racine, WI 53403
262-902-0556

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Faith, Hope, Love is a ministry of Living Light Christian Church and co-directed by husband and wife team, Mark and Heather Lojeski. Mark and Heather reside in Racine and have 10 children ages 7-23.

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