Students, with the help of their families and teachers, were able to collect everyday itemssuch as shampoo, diapers, coloring books, stuffed animals, and other items of comfort to help the Dixfield chapter with their effort. Some children even took the time with a family member to create a quilt to include in the Bags of Love, and homemade dolls were also added.

It’s My Very Own, Bags of Love, was created to help those children taken from their homes by the Department of Human Services or Child Welfare, to find comfort in knowing that they have their own items to use and to help take their minds off their current situation. Each handmade bag contains toiletries, a book, puzzle or a game, a stuffed animal, a blanket, most often handmade and other essential items for their age group.

“These bags are doing so much good out there and I’m just so overcome to see what these students have collected.”

While students gathered the donated items into their respective piles, the older kids assisted the younger with which pile to add diapers, wipes, toys and books to.

The Dixfield chapter is new and has yet to put their plans into action, but are looking forward to being able to help local children, ages infant to 18 years old, not feel so scared or out of place when they’re removed from all that is familiar to them. “Friends,” stated Mrs. Kellogg, a teacher at Holy Savior. “Everything you brought here today is so very important. Please take a step back and take a look at the love and generosity you’ve provided. These are going to be such a blessing to the children who receive them.”

On Friday, the boxes of donations will be blessed during the 6 p.m. mass at Holy Savior and from there will be ready to deliver to the Dixfield chapter. “We are a small school with big hearts,” said Mrs. Kuhl.


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