How you can help

Make a Hope Pack

When children enter the foster care system, they frequently arrive at their new foster home with nothing. If they have been allowed to bring along some items, often they have been shoved hastily into a trash bag. We think kids going through such a traumatic time deserve better.

A Hope Pack is a backpack or diaper bag filled with comfort items and essentials intended to help ease the transition for children who are entering a new foster home. Our goal is to offer items that a child entering foster care would either need or could find comfort in during those first 48 hours in care — you would be amazed what a fresh pair of jammies and a soft teddy bear can do for a child in crisis. Hope Packs also allow foster parents to focus solely on a child in those first crucial hours and days instead of rushing out to the store.

Hope Packs are distributed directly to CPS as well as to foster care agencies all over Central Texas. Since we became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in July 2016, thousands of foster children have received our Hope Packs. If you’re thinking about making a Hope Pack, we hope you will. Please browse our supply lists to see the items needed to construct a pack.

Supply Lists

You can shop for Hope Pack items at any of your favorite retail stores.

Below is a list of the items we would like to have in your complete Hope Pack.

Austin Location

You can mail or drop off Hope Packs and most-needed items at

Carrying Hope
9600 Escarpment Blvd. Suite 745-239
Austin, TX 78749

OR
Bring them directly to our office at:

8711 Burnet Rd., Suite E-52
Austin, TX 78757

Current Office Hours:
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Houston Location

You can mail or drop off Hope Packs and most-needed items at

Carrying Hope
8556 Katy Freeway, Ste. 104
Houston, Tx 77024

OR
Bring them directly to our office at:

5318 Weslayan St., Unit #311,
Houston, TX 77005

Current Office Hours:

Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Or email us at info@carryinghope.org to determine an alternate location.

Please remember donated items must be brand new, never used with tags still on and all of the items in the bag should be for the same age/size/gender of the child indicated on the list.

Boys

Newborn
  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag/backpack large enough to contain the following items:
  • 1 can (12.5 ounce) infant powder formula such as Enfamil, Similac® or Earth’s Best Organic
  • 1 pack of newborn diapers
  • 1 pack of sensitive baby wipes
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of newborn pacifiers
  • 1 newborn gown or pajamas
  • 1 newborn onesie/outfit
  • 1 newborn bottle set (with slow flow nipple)
3- To 6-Months Old
  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag large enough to contain the following items…
  • 1 can (12.5 ounce) infant powder formula such as Enfamil, Similac® or Earth’s Best Organic
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 2 or Size 3)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 set of pajamas (3-6 months)
  • 1 onesie/outfit (3-6 months)
  • 1 bottle set
6- To 12-Months Old
  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag large enough to contain the following items…
  • 1 can (12.5 ounce) infant powder formula such as Enfamil, Similac® or Earth’s Best Organic
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 2 or Size 3)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 set of pajamas (6-12 months)
  • 1 onesie/outfit (6-12 months)
  • 1 bottle set
1 year old
  • 1 diaper bag, child’s duffel bag or child’s backpack containing:
  • 1 pack of diapers (size 3 or 4)
  • 1 package baby wipes
  • 1 baby blanket/lovey
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set pacifiers
  • 1 set pajamas (size 12 months or 18 months)
  • 1 girls outfit (size 12 months or 18 months)
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1-2 pair socks
18-month-old
  • 1 diaper bag, child’s duffel bag or child’s backpack containing:
  • 1 pack of diapers (size 3 or 4)
  • 1 package baby wipes
  • 1 baby blanket/lovey
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set pacifiers
  • 1 set pajamas (size 18 months)
  • 1 girls outfit (size 18 months)
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1-2 pair socks
2 Years Old
  • Small boys backpack containing:
  • 1 small package Size 4 or 5 diapers
  • 1 package of baby wipes
  • 1 baby blanket/lovey
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set 2T boys pajamas
  • 1 size 2T boys outfit (shorts/t-shirt)
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 toddler toothbrush/toothpaste set
3 Years Old
  • 1 boys backpack containing:
  • 1 pack 3T pull-ups
  • 1 pack 3T underwear
  • 1 pack baby wipes
  • 1 comfort item (lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal)
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Thomas, trucks, Disney Planes/Cars)
  • 1 set 3T boys pajamas
  • 1 3T boys outfit
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 toddler toothbrush/toothpaste travel set
  • 1-2 pair socks
4 Years Old
  • 1 boys backpack containing:
  • 1 pack 4T undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 comfort item (lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal)
  • 1 set 4T boys pajamas
  • 1 size 4T boys outfit (play clothes/shorts/t-shirt)
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 bedtime or story books
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • coloring book and small pkg. crayons
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (small Disney Car/Planes, trucks, Play-Doh, blocks, etc.)
5 to 6 Years Old
  • 1 boys backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size 6 undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 comfort item lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (small LEGO set, superhero, etc.)
  • 1 set boys pajamas (size 6 or S)
  • 1 boys outfit (shorts/t-shirt), Size 6 or Small
  • 1 hairbrush/Comb
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 bedtime or story books
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • Coloring book with crayons OR travel-size game/cards OR art activity
7 to 8 Years Old
  • 1 boys backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size 8 undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (LEGOs, Minecraft figures, Star Wars, etc.)
  • 1 comfort item lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set boys pajamas (size 8 or M)
  • 1 boys outfit (shorts/t-shirt) Size 8 or M
  • 1 hairbrush/Comb
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 bedtime or story books or chapter book
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • Coloring book with crayons OR travel-size game/cards OR art activity
9 to 10 Years Old
  • 1 boys backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size 10 undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (LEGOs, Minecraft figures, Star Wars, etc.)
  • 1 comfort item lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set pajamas (size 10 or L)
  • 1 boys outfit (shorts/t-shirt) Size 10 or L
  • 1 hairbrush/Comb
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 bedtime books or chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • Coloring book with crayons OR travel-size game/cards OR art activity
11 to 12 Years Old
  • 1 boys backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size M (10-12) underwear
  • 1-2 pair socks size M
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (LEGOs, Minecraft figures, Star Wars, etc.)
  • 1 set pajamas (size 12 or L)
  • 1 boys outfit (shorts/athletic pants and t-shirt) Size 12 or L
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 age-appropriate chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • Toiletries including body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion and/or body spray
  • Hairbrush/comb set
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
13 to 14 Years Old
  • 1 boys backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size L (12-14) underwear
  • 1-2 pair socks size L
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (LEGOs, Minecraft figures, Star Wars, etc.)
  • 1 set pajamas (size 14 or XL)
  • 1 boys outfit (shorts/athletic pants and t-shirt) Size 14 or XL
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 age-appropriate chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • Toiletries including body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion and/or body spray
  • Hairbrush/comb set
  • 1 activity such as MadLibs, cards, sketch pad, Rubik’s cube, etc.
15 to 16 Years Old
  • 1 boys/mens backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size XL or small men’s underwear
  • 1-2 pair socks size XL
  • 1 set pajamas (men’s small)
  • 1 boys outfit (shorts/athletic pants and t-shirt) Size XL or men’s small
  • 1 toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 age-appropriate chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • Toiletries including body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion and/or body spray
  • Hairbrush/comb set
  • 1 activity such as MadLibs, cards, sketch pad, Rubik’s cube, etc.

Girls

Newborn
  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag/backpack large enough to contain the following items:
  • 1 can (12.5 ounce) infant powder formula such as Enfamil, Similac® or Earth’s Best Organic
  • 1 pack of newborn diapers
  • 1 pack of sensitive baby wipes
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of newborn pacifiers
  • 1 newborn gown or pajamas
  • 1 newborn onesie/outfit
  • 1 newborn bottle set (with slow flow nipple)
3- To 6-Months Old
  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag large enough to contain the following items…
  • 1 can (12.5 ounce) infant powder formula such as Enfamil, Similac® or Earth’s Best Organic
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 2 or Size 3)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 set of pajamas (3-6 months)
  • 1 onesie/outfit (3-6 months)
  • 1 bottle set
6- To 12-Months Old
  • 1 gender neutral diaper bag large enough to contain the following items…
  • 1 can (12.5 ounce) infant powder formula such as Enfamil, Similac® or Earth’s Best Organic
  • 1 pack of diapers (Size 2 or Size 3)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes
  • 1-2 receiving blankets
  • 1 set of pacifiers
  • 1 set of pajamas (6-12 months)
  • 1 onesie/outfit (6-12 months)
  • 1 bottle set
1 year old
  • 1 diaper bag, child’s duffel bag or child’s backpack containing:
  • 1 pack of diapers (size 3 or 4)
  • 1 package baby wipes
  • 1 baby blanket/lovey
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set pacifiers
  • 1 set pajamas (size 12 months or 18 months)
  • 1 girls outfit (size 12 months or 18 months)
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1-2 pair socks
18-month-old
  • 1 diaper bag, child’s duffel bag or child’s backpack containing:
  • 1 pack of diapers (size 3 or 4)
  • 1 package baby wipes
  • 1 baby blanket/lovey
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set pacifiers
  • 1 set pajamas (size 18 months)
  • 1 girls outfit (size 18 months)
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 sippy cup
  • 1-2 pair socks
2 Years Old
  • Small girls backpack containing:
  • 1 small package Size 4 or 5 diapers
  • 1 package of baby wipes
  • 1 baby blanket/lovey
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set 2T girls pajamas
  • 1 size 2T girls outfit (shorts/t-shirt or comfortable dress)
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 toddler toothbrush/toothpaste set
3 Years Old
  • 1 girls backpack containing:
  • 1 pack 3T pull-ups
  • 1 pack 3T underwear
  • 1 pack baby wipes
  • 1 comfort item (lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal)
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Sofia the First, Disney princess)
  • 1 set 3T girls pajamas
  • 1 3T girls outfit
  • 1-2 bedtime or picture books
  • 1 toddler toothbrush/toothpaste travel set
  • 1 hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties
  • 1-2 pair socks
4 Years Old
  • 1 girls backpack
  • 1 package of 4T undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 comfort item (lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal)
  • 1 set 4T girls pajamas
  • 1 size 4T girls outfit (shorts/t-shirt or comfortable dress)
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 bedtime or story books
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • coloring book and small pkg. crayons
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (baby doll/accessories, blocks, Play-Doh, Disney princess)
  • 1 hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties
5 to 6 Years Old
  • 1 girls backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size 6 undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 comfort item lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (Shopkins, Littlest Pet Shop, LEGO Friends, etc.)
  • 1 set girls pajamas (size 6 or S)
  • 1 girls outfit, Size 6 or Small
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 bedtime or story books
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • coloring book with crayons OR travel-size game/cards OR art activity
  • Hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties
7 to 8 Years Old
  • 1 girls backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size 8 undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (Shopkins, Littlest Pet Shop, LEGO Friends, craft kits, etc.)
  • 1 comfort item lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set girls pajamas (size 8 or M)
  • 1 girls outfit (shorts/t-shirt) Size 8 or M
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1 hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties
  • 1-2 bedtime or story books or chapter book
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • Coloring book with crayons OR travel-size game/cards OR art activity
9 to 10 Years Old
  • 1 girls backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size 10 undies
  • 1-2 pair socks
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (necklace/bracelet making kit, craft kit, games)
  • 1 comfort item lovey/blanket/soft stuffed animal
  • 1 set girls pajamas (size 10 or L)
  • 1 girls outfit (shorts/t-shirt) Size 10 or L
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1 hairbrush with barrettes or hair ties
  • 1-2 bedtime books or chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 nightlight
  • Coloring book with crayons OR travel-size game/cards OR art activity
11 to 12 Years Old
  • 1 girls backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size L (10-12) underwear
  • 1-2 pair socks size L
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (necklace/bracelet making kit, craft kit, games)
  • 1 set pajamas (size 12 or L)
  • 1-2 cami or sports bra, size girls 11/12
  • 1 girls outfit (shorts/jeans and t-shirt/blouse) Size 12 or L
  • 1 kids toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 age-appropriate chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • Toiletries including body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion and/or body spray
  • Hairbrush/comb set and hair ties
  • 1 soft stuffed animal
  • Feminine hygiene products
13 to 14 Years Old
  • 1 girls backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size XL (13-14) underwear
  • 1-2 pair socks size XL
  • 1 age-appropriate toy (necklace/bracelet making kit, craft kit, games)
  • 1 set pajamas (size 14 or XL)
  • 1 girls outfit (shorts/jeans and t-shirt/blouse) Size 14 or XL
  • 1 toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 age-appropriate chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • Toiletries including body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion and/or body spray
  • Hairbrush/comb set and hair ties
  • 1-2 cami or sports bra, size girls 13/14
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • 1 activity such as MadLibs, cards, sketch pad, Rubik’s cube, etc.
15 to 16 Years Old
  • 1 girls/womens backpack containing:
  • 1 package of size XL or women’s small underwear
  • 1-2 pair socks size XL or women’s small
  • 1 set pajamas (size girls 16 or women’s small)
  • 1 girls outfit (shorts/jeans and t-shirt/blouse) Size 16 or women’s small
  • 1 toothbrush/toothpaste travel pack
  • 1-2 age-appropriate chapter books
  • 1 flashlight
  • Toiletries including body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion and/or body spray
  • Hairbrush/comb set and hair ties
  • 1-2 cami or sports bra, size girls 15/16
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • 1 activity such as MadLibs, cards, sketch pad, Rubik’s cube, etc.
Gender Neutral

Books (all-ages), Underwear for girls and boys, Flashlights, Nightlights, Feminine Products, and Stuffed Animals. Everything must be new and in package or with tags.

Baby:

  • Diapers, any size 0-5 (small pack)
  • Wipes (small pack)
  • Formula (box of single-serve packets or small can)
  • Small bottle set (includes one or two bottles)
  • Pacifiers
  • Pull-ups, boys or girls size 3T-4T (small pack)
  • Soft blankets (boy, girl or gender neutral)
  • Receiving blankets (small pack)

Clothes:

  • Onesies and jammies, boy or girl ages 0-18 months
  • Jammies, boy or girl, any age 2- to 16-year-old
  • Outfits, boy or girl, any age 2- to 16-year-old
  • Boys and girls underwear packs, any age between 3-year-old and 16-year-old
  • Socks, any age between 3-year-old and 16-year-old

Plush Animals/Toys:

  • Soft stuffed animals (8″ – 12″)
  • Small toddler girl toys (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Sofia the First, Disney princess, etc.)
  • Small toddler boy toys (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Thomas, trucks, Disney Planes/Cars, etc.)
  • Small boys toys (Legos, small Disney Car/Planes, trucks, Play-Doh, superheroes, etc.)
  • Small girls toys (baby doll/accessories, Play-Doh, Disney princess, Shopkins, Littlest Pet Shop, LEGO Friends, etc.)
  • Tween/teen girl toys and activities (necklace/bracelet making kit, craft kit, games, etc.)
  • Tween/teen boy toys and activities (LEGOs, Minecraft figures, Star Wars, etc.)

Books:

  • Books for any age 1-16 (board books, nighttime books, early readers, tween/teen options, etc.)

Other:

  • Travel-size toiletries for teen boys or girls (body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, body spray, etc.)
  • Flashlights
  • Nightlights
  • Amazon, Target and Walmart gift cards

Gender-Inclusive Hope Packs

Carrying Hope strives to ensure that our Hope Packs contain a range of items that reflect the diversity and interests of the children we serve, including those who are part of the LGBTQ community. Want to make a gender-inclusive Hope Pack? Purchase items from our Inclusive Wishlist or swap gender-specific items for gender-neutral items in any age Hope Pack.  

Donate Most-Needed Items

You can support Carrying Hope by organizing a drive to collect our most-needed items such as new pajamas, new toys or new books. You can also order Carrying Hope’s most-needed items and have them shipped directly to us using our Amazon list. Make sure to use this link to support us through our AmazonSmile partnership!

Most-Needed Items

Baby:

  • Diapers, any size 0-5 (small pack)
  • Wipes (small pack)
  • Formula (box of single-serve packets or small can)
  • Small bottle set (includes one or two bottles)
  • Pacifiers
  • Pull-ups, boys or girls size 3T-4T (small pack)
  • Soft blankets (boy, girl or gender neutral)
  • Receiving blankets (small pack)

Clothes:

  • Onesies and jammies, boy or girl ages 0-18 months
  • Jammies, boy or girl, any age 2- to 16-year-old
  • Outfits, boy or girl, any age 2- to 16-year-old
  • Boys and girls underwear packs, any age between 3-year-old and 16-year-old
  • Socks, any age between 3-year-old and 16-year-old

Plush Animals/Toys:

  • Soft stuffed animals (8″ – 12″)
  • Small toddler girl toys (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Sofia the First, Disney princess, etc.)
  • Small toddler boy toys (Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Thomas, trucks, Disney Planes/Cars, etc.)
  • Small boys toys (Legos, small Disney Car/Planes, trucks, Play-Doh, superheroes, etc.)
  • Small girls toys (baby doll/accessories, Play-Doh, Disney princess, Shopkins, Littlest Pet Shop, LEGO Friends, etc.)
  • Tween/teen girl toys and activities (necklace/bracelet making kit, craft kit, games, etc.)
  • Tween/teen boy toys and activities (LEGOs, Minecraft figures, Star Wars, etc.)

Books:

  • Books for any age 1-16 (board books, nighttime books, early readers, tween/teen options, etc.)

Other:

  • Travel-size toiletries for teen boys or girls (body wash, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, body spray, etc.)
  • Flashlights
  • Nightlights
  • Amazon, Target and Walmart gift cards

Baby Pack

Child Pack

Teen Pack

Sibling Set of 3 Hope Packs

Set of 10 Hope Packs

Short on Time?

Purchase A Hope Pack

Every pack is brimming with adorable comfort items and essentials for a child entering the foster care system, providing them with some much-needed comfort and hope in a moment of crisis.

Learn how to get involved

We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers and supporters! From making a Hope Pack with your kids to hosting a drive with your office to being a sponsor of our annual gala, there are lots of ways to get involved with Carrying Hope. 

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Mission Impact

Every dollar you give to Carrying Hope will positively impact the lives of children in foster care across Texas. From helping us to purchase Hope Pack supplies to allowing us to expand our services and programming, your donations are much needed and much appreciated. 

Hope Pack Distributions YOY
  • 550 Hope Packs in 2016
  • 1200 Hope Packs in 2017
  • 1563 Hope Packs in 2018
  • 2700 Hope Packs in 2019
  • 4010 Hope Packs in 2020
  • 5000 Hope Packs in 2021

Hope Packs Distributed to Children in Foster Care

Hope Packs Distributed Every Day in 2021

$ Spent Directly on Foster Care Children