It’s a good day - to do some good.
So, filled with a relentless sense of hope, the LA Bags Hags proudly launch our annual fundraising effort to help women struggling with homelessness.
It all started simply enough.
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich - and a smile.
That was six years ago.
Every month since, our group has volunteered at the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), making snack bags. You learn a lot about your community, and more about yourself, looking at the faces of people who need help.
So, we asked the women at the DWC what they needed.
We know it’s a quirky endeavor.
But it’s also an overlooked and basic need.
“Operation Panty Drop” is our ongoing effort to buy underwear for women living along Skid Row in Los Angeles.
This is our fourth “f-UNDERWEAR-aiser.”
Since 2013, with the help of friends and family, we have raised $55,000!
With that, we’ve provided the DWC with nearly 40,000 pairs of underwear, and more than 2,100 bras!!! THANK YOU.
We know this fundraiser makes a real difference in the lives of women who are struggling.
Encouraged by the support we have received in the past, we are expanding our efforts.
This year, we are introducing an additional effort called “Roots and a Roof.”
We are attempting to PREVENT homelessness, by helping a population perpetually at risk. Foster youth.
Fifty percent of LA’s foster youth become homeless after they turn 18 and “age out” of the system. Fifty percent.
These kids have already spent their lives lacking the most fundamental sense of security: a family and stable home.
That is why we are partnering with Fostering a Change (FAC).
FAC is a non profit dedicated to providing homes for young women who have aged out of the system.
The girls who live in FAC houses are enrolled in college and have jobs.
They are truly trying - against great odds - to save themselves.
The girls we have met in this program have grace - and determination.
These are girls we root for.
With the money raised, the Bag Hags will subsidize a house for 3-4 girls.
We will pay an electric bill, cover the gap in rent, buy a bag of groceries.
And we will CHEER THEM ON.
This is the power of compassion.
This is grassroots goodness.
This is community.
If you can help - please do.