When a child is removed from their home and placed into foster care, it can be traumatic. Now, some community members are hoping to make that tough transition a bit easier.
Right now, hundreds of kids in Colorado Springs are in foster care.
In most cases, they're given a trash bag for their belongings. To change that, Cases of Love was created by Becky Wyzykowski, a licensed child care provider and former social worker.
The concept of the drive is fairly simple. Community members are collecting new and gently used suitcases and unopened hygiene products for foster children.
The drive is to make children going through this tough time more comfortable and confident. For Wyzykowski, she says something small like a suitcase can remind children that someone is looking out for them.
"You are telling them that their belongings are not garbage and you're giving them something that means somebody cares about them," said Wyzykowski.
Donations can be dropped off at any YMCA location in Colorado Springs from now until April 22nd.
Here are a few addresses if you're looking to donate:
Downtown: 207 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Southeast: 2190 Jet Wing Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Briargate: 4025 Family Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Garden Ranch: 2380 Montebello Dr W, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Tri Lakes: 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy, Monument, CO 80132