The little bag that can change a life.
The Brown Bag Campaign represents the fact that children often come into foster care very quickly and suddenly, with their personal items stuffed into brown paper or plastic bags. It’s also a reminder that we need people who have the room in their hearts and homes to become foster and adoptive parents. We are grateful to everyone who has helped make this effort so successful.
Gina Aranki, CFS Executive Director
Thanks to our sponsors!
What is the Brown Bag Campaign?
Child & Family Services helps hundreds of children heal from trauma each year through foster care and other valuable programs. Many arrive on our doorsteps with few of their own belongings – often shoved into a brown paper or plastic bag.
The Brown Bag Campaign reminds us of the plight of children entering the foster care system — and of the constant need for foster and adoptive parents to help care for them. These children deserve better.
At CFS, we believe every child deserves to be safe, happy, and loved. We also believe that the children we serve should have clothing, school supplies, transportation, and opportunities such as music or dance lessons or summer camp. The Campaign has raised more than $500,000 for these needs since inception, and has helped recruit many foster and adoptive families.
Thank you for your support of our work to nurture children and strengthen families.
How Does the Campaign Work?
On any given day during the Brown Bag Campaign, readers of northern Michigan newspapers will find a small brown paper bag printed with a big message: that despite having faced all too much trauma in their short lives, children are resilient and can overcome those experiences—particularly if people care to help.
The bag doubles as a mailer. Simply place your donation inside and send to CFS.
Donations are also gratefully accepted online by clicking the button below.
You may also call Child and Family Services at (231) 946-8975 to donate by phone.
Please donate to Child and Family Services’ work to provide children in foster care and other programs with opportunities to heal and thrive.
Look us for your local paper!
St. Ignace News, July 18.
Cadillac News, July 19. Feature story of Sara Keinath, foster mother.
Charlevoix Courier, July 19.
Crawford County Avalanche, July 19.
Antrim County Review, July 25. Feature story of Lakoda, youth services client.
Cheboygan Daily Tribune, July 25. Feature story of Bailey foster family.
30th anunual Brown Bag Campaign helps children heal from trauma.
Elk Rapids News, July 25.
Benzie Record Patriot, July 31.
Manistee News Advocate, July 31
Leelanau News, August 1.
Ludington Daily News, August 9.
Gaylord Herald, August 9.
Kalkaska Review, August 15.
Petoskey News Review, August 15.