SaySo Collecting Duffle Bags For Youth in Foster Care

September 24, 2019 – Greensboro, NC – SaySo, Strong Able Youth Speaking Out, is organizing the “Give a Child a Smile” Make a Difference Day project to collect new or gently-used duffle bags for youth in foster care.

Children coming into foster care often must place their treasured possessions into trash bags, because social services cannot provide a suitcase or duffel bag for every child.  “Imagine what that feels like to put all that you hold dear into a trash bag while leaving the only home you have ever known. Well, it has happened to us, and we can tell you, it does not feel good,” a SaySo youth said.

SaySo, a program of Children’s Home Society of NC, is a statewide association of youth aged 14 to 24 who are, or have been, in the out-of-home care system in North Carolina, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements.  Its mission is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support to youth who are or have been in substitute care.

You can “Give a Child a Smile” by donating duffel bags for these youth to put their most treasured possessions in, or make a donation for the purchase of new duffles (all contributions are tax-deductible).

“There are about 5,000 children who enter foster care in North Carolina each year.  Our goal is to have 2,500 new or like-new suitcases and duffle bags donated by Saturday, October 26, Make a Difference Day,” said Carmelita Coleman, Director of SaySo.

Bring your duffle bags and donations to the following  Children’s Home Society of NC locations:

Forsyth County
100 North Gate Park
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 

Guilford County
604 Meadow Street
Greensboro, NC 27405 

Mecklenburg County
2200 East Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28204 

Wake County
7701 Six Forks Road, Suite 120
Raleigh, NC 27615


For more information about SaySo and the “Give a Child a Smile” Make a Difference Day project, please contact Carmelita Coleman at

Last year Children’s Home Society served more than 18,000 North Carolina children and families in its mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family. This included providing a safe haven for more than 870 children with foster care families, giving 203 children a permanent family to call their own through adoption, and providing educational services to nearly 13,000 teens, parents, and professionals.

For more information on Children’s Home Society, becoming a foster or adoptive parent, volunteering, or providing financial support, please call 1-800-632-1400 or visit


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About Children’s Home Society of North Carolina

Children’s Home Society offers a network of services and support throughout North Carolina to help establish and sustain healthy, loving relationships in every family.  For 117 years, Children’s Home Society has provided a broad spectrum of programs and services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, family preservation, teen pregnancy prevention, and family finding.  Children’s Home Society believes in the importance of family, not only in the life of a child but also in the foundation of a community.  For more information, visit