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For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.' - Jesus

  • According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • Today, approximately 20 percent of all children in the United States are living in poverty. ...approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are currently living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.
  • At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the U.S. lives in a home without a father.
  • 14.5 percent of U.S. households struggle to put enough food on the table. More than 48 million Americans—including 16.2 million children—live in these households.
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Bags of Hope

Abraham Lincoln said, “Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.” Our character is not just what we try to display for others to see, it is who we are even when no one is watching. Good character is doing the right thing because it is right to do what is right.   The Bags of Hope “Sea Stars” Program seeks to develop specific character traits in under-served young men and women in order to create a foundation of success for our future generation. Benjamin Franklin designed for himself a plan for building character that certainly seems to have been successful in many respects.  He identified thirteen character qualities that he felt he needed to improve in his own life and he devised a method of focusing his attention on each of those qualities for one week at a time. Our Character Development Program focuses on the following:

  • CARING:  Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
  • TRUSTWORTHINESS:  Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country
  • RESPECT:   Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger,  insults, and disagreements.
  • RESPONSIBILITY:  Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words,         actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others
  • FAIRNESS: Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly
  • CITIZENSHIP:  Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer
 Bags of Hope  / Youth Enrichment

Read Joanne’s Story

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Joanne is a 14 old teenager from a broken home. When she started our program, she was very angry and rude to adults. In fact, she was suspended a few times because of her rude behavior. She attributed her anger to being bullied in school. In 2012, because of your support, Joanne was able to attend Youth Camp. She came back a completely changed person. With lots of nurture, and positive reinforcement from her friends and mentors in our Youth Enrichment Program, Joanne is now leading a small group! Her future now looks bright! We can't wait to see what the future has in store for Joanne. Thank you for making a difference in her life!
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