Luv Luggage Collection Campaign
Unclaimed Baggage Center has completed it's first local Luv Luggage campaign with the 21st Centuty After School Learning Program at Collins Elementry School in Scottsboro. The suitcases shown in the news clips below will be donated to the local DHR office for foster children to start receiving immediately. If you are interested in starting a Luv Luggage Program in your area, download this PDF starter guide. To download Luv Luggage tags to use with your project, click here.
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This North Alabama program, was originally established in 2007 with the Carnegie Arts Center in Decatur, AL.
To inquire more about how you can help in our area or start your own Luv Luggage campaign, please email [email protected]
Hard-sided suitcases donated by Unclaimed Baggage serve as canvasses for elementary-aged artists in a community project called “Luv Luggage.” Donors, volunteer painters and social workers are partnering to provide foster children with hand-decorated suitcases.
A suitcase might not mean much to most children. But to a foster child, the gift of hand-painted luggage means, “Someone cares.” Children separated from their families are typically given shopping bags or a box to quickly fill with clothing and a few personal possessions before being driven away to foster care.
The heart of the Luv Luggage project is to express care and concern for these children who are experiencing the anxiety of being separated from their families.
Each year Unclaimed Baggage is proud to participate in Operation Christmas Child. This outstanding outreach, which is part of Samaritan’s Purse, helps reach tens of thousands of children around the world each year.
By filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy, t-shirts, ball caps and many other “treasures” boys and girls experience Christmas. This year you can Operation Christmas child surpass 100 million shoe box gifts packed and distributed since 1993.
To learn more about Operation Christmas Child visit their website by clicking here.
If you would like to partner with Unclaimed Baggage to make a difference in the lives of boys and girls throughout the world please contact David Maples (UBC Operation Christmas Child Coordinator) at 256.259.4930.
You can help change lives from right here in Scottsboro, Alabama – be a part of something big!
You can also see pictures from our involvement with Operation Christmas Child here.
One of our core values at Unclaimed Baggage is giving back to our community. We believe that part of our social responsibility is to reach out and help our neighbors. Our most recent outreach has been in partnering with Blood Assurance here in Jackson County Alabama. Blood Assurance set up a collection point here at UBC to help in the critical effort of collecting blood for those in need.
Consider these statistics as reported by The Red Cross
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood
The need is always present. If you didn’t get the opportunity to give at Unclaimed Baggage be sure to contact your local Blood Assurance or Red Cross, locate a blood drive location and get involved.
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One of the great privileges we have at Unclaimed Baggage is the opportunity to reclaim for good what has been lost or unclaimed. Not only do we give clothes, electronics and jewelry a second life by selling them at amazing prices but we have the opportunity to donate things like glasses to those who can’t afford them or don’t have access to them.
For many years we have partnered with the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program. Just last week we donated almost 19,000 pairs of glasses – 53 boxes!!
Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses they collect from around the country. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.
Check out this great slide show that guides you through the journey of a pair of eyeglasses – click here!
Unclaimed Baggage proudly partners with the following non-profit organizations:
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