Columbus, GA (WTVM) - Volunteers are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and philanthropy by collecting and donating hundreds of bags for foster children across the Peach State.
For 16 years, Georgia Cancer Specialists and Northside Hospital in Atlanta have had one vision with its Totes 2 Tots campaign. They believe no foster child in the state of Georgia should have to use a trash bag to carry their belongings when they have to leave their homes and change their lives.
Totes 2 Tots board member Christine Seyfert said she has seen this fundraiser grow year after year.
"We are working closely with the Department of Family and Children Services, and all the bags collected in each location will go to that particular county," said Seyfert.
Seyfert said it's no coincidence volunteers work to gather over 5,000 new or gently used backpacks, suitcases, or duffel bags for foster kids across 27 different locations in Georgia this weekend.
"It kicked off Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, in remembrance of his philanthropy, of giving back to the community," she said. "People donated their time, their money, to help those that are in need."
In 2018, students from local schools including Brookstone and St. Luke did their part by collecting and dropping off more bags for Totes 2 Tots.
So far, Seyfert said volunteers had collected more than 1,300 bags.