SPONSOR A CHILD

Whatever gifts you choose will light up your child’s life and be more treasured than you know!  But because people have asked, the following suggestions might be helpful:

 1.  If you choose to sponsor a child, you will receive a packet that will contain a large red bag, name tag and an index card with the child's first name, clothing sizes and around three wish list items.  Because kids love to unwrap gifts, we suggest purchasing eight to ten gifts per red bag.  Due to mailing costs we ask, whenever possible, that sponsors pick up their packet from their Red Bag Lady (names and email addresses provided below).     

2.  Please do not include any used items.

3.  Some of the gifts can be inexpensive items like socks, gloves, personal care items, sleeping bags and school supplies. 

4.  A chock-full red bag with clothing, wish list items and extras can usually be packed for $100-$150 for younger children and $150-$200 for older children and teens.

5.  Red bags are delivered by the sponsors every year on the 2nd Saturday in December, from 10 am - 2 pm.  The 2019 Red Bag delivery date is Dec. 14th.

  

   Delivery Site:  Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

                      11100 College Blvd

                      Overland Park, KS  

 

6.  The red bags are loaded into one of three moving vans and delivered the following Monday.  A BIG THANK YOU TO FRY WAGNER MOVING COMPANY FOR DONATING THE MOVING VANS EACH YEAR!!!  

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RED BAG SPONSOR SHEET

 

Name  _______________________________________________                              Previous Sponsor:    Yes / No

                                                                                                                          Info Changes:          Yes / No

Address  ____________________________________________

 

City, State, Zip Code  __________________________________

 

Phones:         ____________________   _____________________  _________________________

                                    Home                                     Cell                                         Work

 

Please mark the appropriate boxes below to request the number, age and sex of the children you wish to sponsor.  We will try to honor your request as nearly as possible. 

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                                                                        BOYS                               GIRLS                             No Gender  Preference                      

 

Infant/Preschool            Ages 0-4

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Elementary                   Ages 5-11

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Middle School               Ages 12-14

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High School                  Ages 15-17

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Kids “Aging Out”           Ages 18+

New this year!  As foster kids “age out” of the system, they often don’t have basic items they will need to live on their own.  If you adopt one of these teenagers, we recommend both household needs and one or two personal gifts.  This may include some of the following ideas (new items please!): towel and washcloth, a shower caddy with toiletries, a pillow, sheets, blanket, dishes, a pot and pan, silverware; as well as clothes, books, etc.  This may be a bit more expensive than younger kids, but that little extra will go a long way!

 

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No Age Preference                                           

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TOTALS

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Pick Up:  Arrangements can be made to pick up the Red Bag packet from any of the homes listed below. 

In an attempt to save on postage expenses, we ask that you pick up the packets from the Red Bag Lady's home as much as possible; however the mailing of the packets can be arranged.  Once we receive your Red Bag Sponsor Sheet, the Red Bag Ladies will fill your request as soon as possible and contact you via phone.

 

                                   

 

Return this form to one of the following Red Bag Ladies:  

 

 

Ashley Crouch                                                              RedBagsforAshley@gmail.com

159th and Antioch, Overland Park, KS 

 

Donetta Shaner                                                           RedBagsforDonetta@gmail.com

124th and Nieman, Overland Park, KS

 

Donna Crouch                                                             RedBagsforDonna@gmail.com

Shawnee Mission Parkway and Norwood, Fairway, KS

Jane Dooley                                                                RedBagsforJane@gmail.com

127th and Nieman, Overland Park, KS 

The need was born in a tiny, dirt-floor dwelling in rural Edgerton, Kansas.  And the vision took hold in the heart of a humble, kind-hearted man.  In the winter of 1984, Daniel Jacobs drove to western Johnson County to tell a family that KCPL had to cut off their electricity for lack of payment.  He had done it before, and he would need to do it again but this particular family’s plight haunted him.  With Christmas approaching, he knew he had to find some way to help!  Stirred by Daniel’s passion, within eight days his family, friends and co-workers had donated so many gifts and so much food that his garage was overflowing.  That first year, three families were blessed with the magic of Christmas.      

 

After experiencing this measure of generosity from others, Daniel knew he was on to something!  Over the years, his outreach grew.  More and more families were helped—and the garages in his cul de sac were filled to the brim with items for others.

 

A couple of years later, a fortuitous encounter with a social worker inspired Daniel to extend his outreach and the Red Bags portion of Christmas Families was launched.  Foster kids on both sides of the state line became recipients of large red bags stuffed with things they needed such as warm clothing and school supplies and items they longed for like remote-control cars, Barbies and Legos.

 

Thirty-four years later, this grassroots organization continues to bring the spirit of the holidays to more than 50 families and 1500 foster kids every December.  Individuals, faith communities, businesses and organizations look over a child’s wish list, choose the items, shop for just the right things and add the wrapped gifts to the Red Bag for special delivery on Christmas morning.

 

In the words of one sponsor, “Red Bag Delivery day is the day each year when the Christmas Season truly begins for me!  I can’t EVEN IMAGINE a Christmas without this program!”

 

Christmas Families was incorporated as a 501© 3 organization in 1992.  Today it proudly continues as an all-volunteer entity.  With the exception of a handful of hard expenses such as printing and other support materials, 100% of donations are used to buy gifts and food for families and foster children.  Visit redbagskc.com for more information.

 

Sadly, Daniel Jacobs passed away in 2017—but what a legacy he left!  Christmas Families is his gift to us.  We honor his generous spirit each time we adopt a family or foster child and are blessed to help carry on the rich tradition he began.