Service League collects items for local DCFS Geaux Bags

Throughout November, the Service League of Natchitoches collected critically needed items used by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to fill Geaux Bags for local foster children. Geaux Bags is a non-profit, statewide initiative created to change the way kids enter foster care, and to make that initial transition period a little easier for everyone involved.

Children of many different ages and sizes enter state custody from DCFS at all hours of the day and night. Many arrive from situations of abuse and neglect with only the clothes on their backs.  The first 24-48 hours after receiving a child can be extremely stressful, and foster parents often feel ill-prepared. A Geaux Bag provides essential clothing and toiletries, as well as gives the child a sense of having something of their own in a foreign place.  

The items provided in a typical Geaux Bag are tailored for the child’s age and size and generally include the following:

Pajamas
Pillow/Blanket
Underwear
Diapers/Wipes
Shirts
Pacifiers
Socks
Baby Bottles/Sippy Cups
Shampoo/Soap/Deodorant
Baby Formula
Toothbrush/Toothpaste
Snacks/Water
Hairbrush
Therapeutic/Comfort Item      

Megan Goff, a Child Welfare Supervisor at the Natchitoches DCFS office, reached out to the Service League due to a shortage of the critically needed items used to assemble the bags.  The Service League immediately answered the call and deemed its November Service Project as donations for Geaux Bags under the direction of Service Coordinator, Karen Lee.

Geaux Bags can only be provided to Natchitoches Parish foster children through the generosity of donations from individuals  and organizations in our community.  If you are interested in donating, please call (318) 357-3128 or drop off items at Natchitoches DCFS, 106 Charlene Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457.

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