Corpus Christi – Last Wednesday, students from Del Mar College’s Early Childhood Club and Child Development/Early Childhood program presented 41 duffel bags, called “sweet cases,” to representatives of the Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation.
Each bag was filled with essential items the students collected for local foster children, including blankets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, clothing and stuffed animals.
Using their own money, students began purchasing “sweet cases” this fall and collecting donations from faculty and staff at DMC as well as the area community.
Originally the group had hoped to fill at least 20 bags before the drive ended on Nov. 30, but with an overwhelming show of support and donations, they were able to fill 41 with boxes of extra donations still left over.
Everything, including the extra donations, were given to the Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation.
Valdar the Viking was on hand to ham it up as well as assist with the presentation.
“Traditionally, children in foster care are given two trash bags for their belongings as they enter the system or transition within foster care,” said Dr. Amy Mintz, DMC associate professor of child development/early childhood. “That’s very sad, and it has an underlying message that they are not worthy individuals. We hope these donations will help to ‘sweeten’ their lives.
“We had many people from the community stop by with bags of donations.
“It really was a community-wide effort.”