Carrying Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by foster parents and advocates that provides thousands of Hope Packs filled with new comfort items and essentials to children who are entering the foster care system in Central Texas. Our Hope Packs, broken down by age and gender from newborns through teens, are brimming with everything a child who is entering foster care needs during his or her first 48 hours in a new home. When children are placed in a foster home during an emergency situation, they frequently arrive at a moment’s notice with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing or a trash bag with a few items. Hope Packs are changing this, providing comfort and hope to children in a moment of crisis while meeting their immediate needs so foster parents can focus on bonding with the child rather than rushing to the store. But Carrying Hope could not exist without the support of companies like yours. This holiday season, please consider partnering with Carrying Hope to give back to the kids who need it most by selecting one of these three options:

Host an Office-Wide Fundraising or Hope Pack Drive:

During the holidays, if your office raises $1,500 or more for Carrying Hope or creates at least 20 Hope Packs, we will celebrate your accomplishment with a contactless doughnut-and-coffee thank you breakfast and a socially distant photo opportunity with Hope the Hedgehog, our adorable life-size mascot. We will also feature your company’s giving efforts on social media and on our blog. Click here to create a holiday corporate giving page for Carrying Hope. Once you set up the fundraising page, you can send the link out to employees and ask others to donate. You can also purchase Hope Packs directly from us for just $85 here.

Host a Most-Needed Items Drive:

Carrying Hope has a list of most-needed items we use to fill our Hope Packs. We encourage companies looking for a way to give back to pick one or more of our most-needed items, set up bins in the office and ask employees to fill them. Large donations of most-needed items such as new, tags-on or still-packaged pajamas, stuffed animals and bottles goes a long way in helping Carrying Hope fulfill the needs of the foster children in our community. You may also ship items directly to Carrying Hope via our Amazon list. Find our most-needed items list here.

Encourage Employees to make a Hope Pack:

Employees can get their families involved holiday giving by making a Hope Pack with their own child for another foster child the very same age. At Carrying Hope, we welcome and encourage kids to be part of the entire volunteer process, and we love seeing children exhibit kindness and selflessness as they handpick each item and imagine the joy it might bring to someone else. Plus, no one is a better expert at picking out things for kids than other kids. Once you’ve collected all of the Hope Packs, email us at info@carryinghope.org and we will pick them up and take a photo to recognize your company’s giving efforts on social media. View and print supply lists here.

Sign up to make a special Holiday Hope Pack:

Carrying Hope is in need of volunteers to make Holiday Hope Packs for children who will spend the holiday season in local foster homes. Each Holiday Hope Pack will include items a child may need, such as brand new pajamas, as well as wishlist items sure to lift their spirits and brighten their day. After you sign up to make a Holiday Hope Pack, you will be emailed a list with your child’s name and age and each item that needs to be included in his or her Hope Pack — you will receive this email no later than Oct. 10. On average, each Holiday Hope Pack will cost $100 to make. Click here to sign up!

Make a huge difference in a child’s moment of crisis.