Hillsborough County Children's Services assists many local children who are in traumatic situations, facing homelessness, or in need of emergency shelter.
Some come without a bag to store their belongings. Unfortunately, some are forced to use garbage bags to carry their few personal items. Foster care youth in Hillsborough County face similar needs.
To help these children and offer them a bit of courage and dignity, Children's Services accepts new or gently used suitcases or duffel bags through its Duffels of Dignityprogram.
Since the program started in October 2022, nearly 700 new and used bags and thousands of personal care items have been donated to those in need.
How to Donate
- New or gently used duffel bag (24-28 inches) or suitcase (wheelie bags, suitcases with handles, and backpacks are all accepted)
- Personal care items
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Comb and brush
All personal care items should be new and in their original packaging.
Duffels of Dignity also has an Amazon Wish List and the items will be mailed directly to the Children’s Services campus.
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at:
Duffels of Dignity Community Partnerships
Children's Services has also partnered with local nonprofits Mary & Martha House and The Spring of Tampa Bay, which help women and their children escape domestic violence, by providing luggage to residents in their programs.
For more information on partnering with Hillsborough County Children's Services' Duffels of Dignity program, email Craig Jewesak or call (813) 455-2701.