Totes 2 Tots drive collects 3,600 bags for foster children



ATLANTA — The 12th annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive, sponsored by Georgia Cancer Specialists and Northside Hospital, collected more than 3,600 donated backpacks, suitcases and bags on Jan. 17, which will be given to foster children in need.

“This was our biggest, most successful Totes 2 Tots drive ever. Year after year, Totes 2 Tots allows us to demonstrate our commitment to the foster children in our state and invest in their futures. I am grateful to the community, our volunteers and everyone who contributed to the success of this event,” said Dr. Cheryl Jones, vice president and chief medical officer at GCS.

About 7,500 children are currently in the Georgia foster care system. Many of these children use garbage bags when moving from home to home.

Since Totes 2 Tots was first launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected about 37,000 bags to distribute to and help these children.

“It may seem insignificant to the rest of us, but for a child whose life is upended, these generous gifts offer some sense of stability in the transition to another home,” said Keith Horton, Department of Human Services commissioner. “The Totes 2 Tots program is not just another drive for a material need; it is a program that seeks to provide our state’s foster children with a sense of dignity and respect during a difficult time in their lives.”

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