Helping kids is something we love to do with our 1 for 100 Program. Giving back has been our commitment since the beginning and this year is no different. Just in time for the back-to-school program, 500 bags are on their way to an amazing organization called Together We Rise (TWR).
This organization came about all because of one amazing person called Danny Mendoza. While just a student, he decided that helping kids in foster care was his life’s purpose. After trying to locate a distant cousin of his that he heard had been living in a car before being placed in foster care, he realized how hard it is to track down these kids.
With the efforts of Together We Rise, Mendoza works to keep foster kids in touch with their siblings (especially if they’ve been placed in different homes) and the rest of their family.
“Sometimes a foster family is approved to care for only a certain number of children. As a result, social workers may have to split up siblings. We’ve been working with agencies and social workers to coordinate the reunion of siblings who are currently in foster care.”
Every year, TWR sends a couple of hundred kids to Disneyland in California to reunite with their siblings. It’s an amazing event and one that the kids look forward to all year long. Getting to spend a whole day having fun with their long-lost brothers and sisters is a boost to their spirits and helps pave the way for a positive future.
More than 500,000 children in America are living in foster care.
This year, like last year, these Disney-bound kids will receive a Fitmark Bag stuffed full of goodies from TWR’s other sponsors. Danny told us that the kids love receiving these bags, especially for school. The fact that they can trade in their usual trash bag for a high quality bag like Fitmark is an amazing feeling.
And for us too! There’s nothing like the feeling of giving back and seeing those smiling, happy faces when we visit.
If you want to learn more about Together We Rise, please visit their website.
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The Fitmark Team