The Backpack Project, created in partnership with CASA, was held on Friday, July 26. Volunteers participated in packing backpacks at the 4th annual event, held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lafayette.
The Backpack Project aims to ease the transition that foster children go through when they are placed in a new family and, soon after, begin at a new school. The Project collects supplies and then fills backpacks, which will then be donated to local foster children.
CASA provides advocates for children who have been abused and neglected.
Foster the Love, an organization that supports foster families, was also on hand packing first-night bags for children entering foster care.
"Our first night bags provide hygiene and clothing essentials for their first night of care, but when they enter the school system many times the responsibilities of providing the supplies fall on the foster families, and so this is a way that we can both provide for the children entering care and support the families that are taking care of them," said Heather Duhon, Foster the Love.