It is moving week! Better yet….expanding week! Growing pains are wonderful when it means we are able to help more and more people in need. In this case it will be children in crisis through our “Joy To The Rescue Project Kids in Crisis”. This project has grown so big that we have outgrown our current office! So we are expanding (same building) to a warehouse across the hall that will hold all the inventory for this project. Our goal is to make this project so streamlined that backpacks are filled every month. That means backpacks can keep going out to our first responders, and facilities as soon as they deliver them and need a refill.
We once thought at the beginning of this project we would be refilling backpacks every year. We are now refilling every month to keep up with the demand! We are sad that there is such a high demand, because that means there are many children in crisis. As we hear the stories of the heartbreaking cases our first responders come in contact with daily….it’s overwhelming. But then we hear how these backpacks filled with items they have requested that they need for these children are helping and we are thrilled! The testimonies are incredible. I am daily brought to tears at the impact these backpacks are having on these children and first responders.
“These diaper bags and backpacks work wonders. Our life flight crew keeps them on board and the comfort they have brought is indescribable. We are constantly amazed at how a stuffed Mavis dog, and the items in the diaper bags and backpacks can turn a situation around for a child in trauma. These backpacks enable us to calm the child so we can do what is medically necessary to intervene on their behalf. K.O.
These backpacks are working miracles! We work with many abused children in such deplorable conditions and circumstances. Many are violent and vent their anger out through hurting others, criminal behavior, and other destructive means. We watched a backpack calm a 14 year old girl who is currently in juvenile detention. She acts out in such violence and has assaulted many who have tried to help her. I was chosen to go in and try and talk with this young girl about what she was going to face in court. For fear I was going to be her next assault victim, I walked into our meeting armed with my backpack in hand. In one word I can tell you the result was miraculous. She grabbed the bag, held that stuffed Mavis dog in her arms and started coloring in one of the books that was inside of the bag. She was calm, she felt comfort. I was able to have a very productive conversation with her and she left with a smile on her face holding that backpack and Mavis dog with such pride. The case workers were in disbelief! They asked me about this project and wanted backpacks! It was truly a miraculous moment for us all to watch. Thank you Joy In The Cause! J.B.