We want to give a shout out to Hunter Beaton and his fabulous Day 1 Bags program. Hunter recently asked for donations from the community to adopt a 2020 senior from foster care. He was able to raise enough to provide a $100 gift card and a bag or backpack to 400 seniors who are graduating from foster care.
Hunter developed the idea of Day 1 Bags for his Eagle Scout project. He has three adopted siblings who joined his family through foster care, the first of whom was placed with them when he was just 5 years old. The inspiration for his project came from memories of his siblings coming into their home with “nothing but a trash bag full of tattered clothes.”
Even after receiving his Eagle Scout rank in May 2016, Hunter decided to continue pursuing his project. After all, he knew the bags he had initially assembled would be gone all too soon – so rather than stopping there, he was determined to take the project statewide and make it sustainable.
He is working to do just that by partnering with local suppliers, key Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) leaders, and the child welfare boards to encourage counties to budget for supplying duffel bags for children removed from home. He’s also coordinating with the Texas Council of Child Welfare Board and DFPS leadership to produce an educational video to distribute to all Texas counties explaining what it takes to sustain the effort.
Today, Hunter Beaton has fundraised and shipped over 30,000 highest quality duffel bags and backpacks to foster youth/aged out foster youth across 15 states in just 3 years!
Congratulations to Hunter Beaton and his successful efforts with the foster care system and the Day 1 Bags program!