Support Foster Youth in Central Texas Through Annual Luggage Drive This May

When foster youth age out of the system, it can be startling and lonely. Oftentimes, they get a large plastic bag to pack up their belongings as they move out and into their next chapter in life. 

Austin Community College District (ACC) works to provide these youth with a fresh start through the annual Foster Care Luggage Drive, and you can help.

We’re collecting new or gently used rolling suitcases to provide foster youth. Donations will be accepted throughout May in multiple ways. First, monetary donations will be taken through the Market Place Website. A $45 contribution can fully purchase one carry-on rolling duffel bag; however, all donations will help support foster youth. You can also donate a new or gently used bag. Donations are accepted at any ACC Student Advocacy Center — there’s one located on each campus. 

Around 60 Austin area high school foster youth are expected to graduate in 2024. This year’s goal is to raise $3,000 and collect 60 pieces of luggage to support those students. 

Organized by the ACC Student Advocacy Center, all donations benefit the Department of Family and Protective Services Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program.

ACC provides wraparound services for foster youth. Any student who has aged out of foster care can receive case management, academic advising, and guidance. Additionally, students are connected to local and national supporting organizations.

For more information, visit austincc.edu/luggagedrive.

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