The number of Knox County children in foster care has tripled in the last year to 85. Sometimes when children have to pick up and move somewhere in the foster system, their belongings are tossed in trash bags. The Exchange Club of Mount Vernon wanted to do something about that, to provide a more dignified container for the children’s things.
Friday, the club donated 50 red, rolling 42-inch duffel bags for these children to the Knox County Department of Job and Family Services. The bags will have name badges attached to them.
Scott Boone, Knox County JFS program administrator said, “We can’t say enough how grateful we are. You have no idea how long and far this will go in terms of the support that we’re able to offer our kids.”
Exchange’s immediate past president Thom Colllier said, “It’s about creating a meaningful moment during a difficult time.”
The Exchange Club exists to make the community a better place to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the prevention of child abuse. Read more.