Being placed in foster care is scary and stressful enough. A suitcase drive is working to make that transition a little easier.

Right now, hundreds of kids in Colorado Springs are in foster care. Entering foster care can be traumatic, but some community members are doing what they can to make the transition a bit smoother and less scary. You may be surprised to learn that their assistance is actually quite simple: a suitcase drive.

In most cases, when a child enters foster care they are given a trash bag to put their belongings in. Becky Wyzykowski, a former social worker and licensed child care provider, founded Cases of Love to change that. In an already-traumatizing situation, the last thing a confused, scared child needs is to be told that their belongings are garbage.

Wyzykowski said of Cases of Love,

You are telling them that their belongings are not garbage and you’re giving them something that means somebody cares about them”

From now until April 22nd, you can drop off any donations at YMCA locations in Colorado Springs. If you’re looking for a drop off near you, here are some addresses.

Downtown: 207 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Southeast: 2190 Jet Wing Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Briargate: 4025 Family Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Garden Ranch: 2380 Montebello Dr W, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Tri Lakes: 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy, Monument, CO 80132

Sometimes, something as simple as a suitcase can change a child’s outlook during a hard time. Any and all donations are greatly appreciate, and will go a long way to helping a kid feel normal when nothing in life is normal anymore.

Bella Boutique is also doing their part to help kids in a rough place find a sense of normalcy!